Programs and Curriculum

Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum website provides the following overview of the curriculum:

“Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

The Creative Curriculum for preschool

  • Based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards for every state.
  • Presents knowledge-building volumes and daily practice resources in tandem, giving every educator the “what,” “why” and “how” of early childhood education.
  • Offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner.
  • Addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.
  • Offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment.
  • Offers complete support for working with English- and dual-language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build teachers’ knowledge about best practices.
  • Contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities.”

The curriculum is woven throughout the year by the use of “Studies” or investigations. These in-depth investigations will last five to seven weeks, and offer children opportunities to build on prior knowledge, make relevant connections, and learn about the real-life applications that are associated with the topic.

Outdoor play

Daily outdoor activity is very important for young children and is a regularly planned activity. We feel that a child who is well enough to be in the center is well enough to play outdoors. This provides the fresh air and movement needed daily for your child’s general well-being and healthy development. You can help your child enjoy outdoor activities by making sure that he/she is properly dressed for the weather. In winter, this includes boots, warm coat, sweater, snow pants, mittens and hat.

Behavior guidance policy

The foundation of the center’s behavior guidance policy is the belief that an understanding and supportive environment helps children develop self-control and positive behavior. A well-designed environment, age appropriate activities and a variety of equipment help children play and work cooperatively with one another. It is our goal to provide these crucial elements in the classroom to help children grow socially, learn to express their feelings appropriately and to develop effective problem solving skills. We strive for consistency in setting clear and appropriate expectations while considering each child’s individual differences.