North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children recognize that they are members of different groups (e.g., family, preschool class, cultural groups).

Skill Progression: Recognize they are members of different groups

Age: 33-36 Months

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Knows gender when asked

Situations for Observation of Skill

Read a book where the characters are children.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the gender of the children in the book. Then ask the child, “Are you a boy or a girl?”

Behavior Observed

The child correctly states gender.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to talk about gender, culture, race, disability, and other differences the child notices. Talk objectively about what the differences are, but also point out the similarities.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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