Foundation for the Common Core

New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core

New York State Prekindergaten Foundation for the Common Corewas adopted to ensure that all children, including children with disabilities, students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and English Language Learners (ELLs) have rich and varied early learning experiences that prepare them for success in school and lay the foundation for college and career readiness.

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has  implemented the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) over the past several years. The standards will be fully implemented by the 2014-15 school year.

Universal Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidance

Schools considering Core Curriculum options for K-8 should also carefully evaluate their pre-k curriculum. The DOE does not have a set of Core Curriculum options for pre-k. Schools can use Universal Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidance when evaluating published pre-k curricula or designing their own.

Common Core Aligned Task Bundles

DOE educators and national experts developed Common Core-Aligned Task Bundles. These bundles were developed to align to literacy and math concepts that encompass strategically selected standards at each grade level.Teachers may implement the bundles as they are written or adapt them to meet the needs of their students.

  • Watch a video explaining the bundles and their components.
  • Use this exercise and handout to examine the bundles.

There are 3  units complete with culminating tasks and sample student work for literacy and math.

Unit Planning Template

The Divison of Early Childhood Education (DECE) has developed a template for teachers to use for unit planning.  This instructional unit template provides an example of how teachers may organize a Common Core aligned unit with culminating performance tasks.
Teachers may choose a method for implementation:

  • use this template as it is given here;
  • integrate parts of this template into an existing structure for unit planning; or 
  • use this template as a model to design their own planning structures.

Ultimately, teachers should use whatever planning template works best for them and their schools. The template is based on the Interdisciplinary Unit on Plants It is available in Word or PDF format.

Interdisciplinary Pre-Kindergarten Unit Rubric

To support implementation of the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core, The DECE has developed the Interdisciplinary Pre-Kindergarten Unit Rubric, which outlines the hallmarks of a high-quality interdisciplinary pre-kindergarten unit of study. The rubric is based on rubrics from the Common Core Library and the Tri-State Collaborative.  Teachers, directors, and school leaders are welcome to use this rubric as a resource when designing and implementing interdisciplinary Common Core aligned pre-k units to support school readiness. It is designed to support practice; it is not designed to be used for evaluative or high-stakes purposes.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and their implications for teaching and learning through the following videos and exercises.

Principles Behind the Common Core Learning Standards
Key Instructional Shifts
Strategies for Implementation
Share Your Ideas

We want to learn from you. If you have created a Common Core aligned resource, bundle, or instructional strategy, please send it to the Division of Early Childhood Education.