Our Curriculum

The nationally recognized, research-based Creative Curriculum is used in all child care programs in the Consortium. Developmentally-appropriate versions of the curriculum are used for infant and toddler, preschool, and school age care. The Creative Curriculum was developed by Diane Trister Dodge and colleagues and is published by Teaching Strategies.

The Creative Curriculum presents an environmentally based approach to planning and implementing developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood settings. It is an effective way to help children gain the self-help and social competency skills they need for lifelong learning.

Five components of the Creative Curriculum framework

child learning with blocks
  1. How Children Develop and Learn
  2. The Learning Environment
  3. What Children learn
  4. The Teacher's Role
  5. The Family's Role
The Creative Curriculum focuses on planning for 11 interest areas, each of which addresses children's learning needs
  • Blocks
  • Dramatic play
  • Toys and games
  • Art
  • Outdoors
  • Library
  • Discovery
  • Sand and Water
  • Music and Movement
  • Cooking
  • Computers

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