The Chicago Public Schools has adopted learning goals for preschool children
that focus on literacy and math and are aligned with Illinois’ early
learning standards and Head Start’s Child Outcome Frameworks. Here
is a sample of those goals:


  • Understand that pictures and symbols have meaning and print carries
    a message.
  • Understand that reading progresses from left to right and top to bottom.
  • Identify labels and signs in the environment.
  • Identify some letters, including those in own name.
  • Make some letter-sound matches.
  • Predict what will happen next, using pictures and content for guides.
  • Begin to develop phonological awareness by participating in rhyming
  • Recognize separable and repeating sounds in spoken language.
  • Retell information from a story.
  • Respond to simple questions about reading material.
  • Demonstrate understanding of literal meaning of stories by making
  • Understand that different text forms, such as magazines, notes, lists,
    letters and storybooks are used for different purposes.
  • Show independent interest in reading-related activities.
  • Use scribbles, approximations of letters, or known letters to represent
    written language.
  • Dictate stories and experiences.
  • Use drawings and writing skills to convey meaning and information.
  • Listen with understanding and respond to directions and conversations.


  • Use concepts that include number recognition, counting and one-to-one
  • Count with understanding and recognize “how many” sets of
  • Solve simple mathematical problems.
  • Explore quantity and number.
  • Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models
    and representations.
  • Make comparisons of quantities.
  • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of measurement using non-standard
    units and measurement words.
  • Construct a sense of time through participation in daily activities.
  • Show understanding of and use comparative words.
  • Incorporate estimating and measuring activities into play.
  • Sort and classify objects by a variety of properties.
  • Recognize, duplicate and extend simple patterns, such as sequences
    of sounds, shapes and colors.
  • Begin to order objects in series or rows.
  • Participate in situations that involve addition and subtraction using
  • Describe qualitative change, such as measuring to see who is growing
  • Recognize geometric shapes and structures in the environment.
  • Find and name locations with simple words, such as “near.”
  • Represent data using concrete objects, pictures and graph.

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