Beginning in 2012, a cross-section of early childhood development and education stakeholders was convened to begin the task of revising the VELS. The VELS Revision Committee included higher education representatives, teachers, policymakers, state agency personnel, Head Start practitioners, content area experts, special educators and early interventionists. They agreed that early childhood is the period of human development defined as the years from birth to age 8 and decided to adopt a birth through third grade continuum of Standards. Given this aspirational decision, they chose to ‘reach for the stars’ and the VELS STAR emerged. The VELS STAR was created from a piece of child’s artwork. The artwork inspired the colors of the VELS domains. Stars are a symbol of inner energy, achievement and accomplishment. We agree and, we hope that you also agree, that each and every child is born to shine! VELS can help guide us so that each child keeps shining through their own perfect light and design.

VELS Star symbol created from child artwork.


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