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Children's Curriculum and Learning

The Center for Child Development implements a curriculum that is thoughtfully planned, challenging, engaging, developmentally appropriate, reflective of family home values and language, and will promote positive outcomes for all young children. This is achieved by:

  • Developing relationships that promote a sense of security and trust.
  • Following individualized infant schedules that are cooperatively planned by parents and teachers.
  • Having children active and engaged in discovery play.
  • Implementing a curriculum based on evidence that is developmentally, culturally and linguistically relevant for the children.
  • Using teaching strategies based upon the children's ages, developmental capacities, language, culture, and abilities or disabilities.
  • Building upon the child's prior learning and experiences.
  • Promoting the child's physical well-being and motor development' social/emotional development in approaches to learning, language development, cognitive and general knowledge; and subject matter areas such as science, math, literacy, etc.

The Creative Curriculum used in the Center is a comprehensive curriculum, linked to an assessment system that fully meets the criteria for appropriateness and effectiveness. It addresses teachers' need to know what to teach and why/how children learn best. With this curriculum and parent input, teachers can respond to the individual needs and learning styles of all children. Developmental domains addressed by the Creative Curriculum include: social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, including literacy, math, science, social studies, arts, and technology.

The Creative Curriculum is also linked to assessment. It helps teachers know what to look for, write individual goals and objectives, and support children's development within the classroom. For more information on the Creative Curriculum, please contact your child's primary teacher.


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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:13:17 AM