EARLY LEARNING BEGINS HERE.
As an important component of “The Building Blocks of Learning,” T&C has created a proprietary curriculum for each age group based on the highest early childhood education and childcare industry standards. The curriculum includes intentional learning experience plans that promote a child’s personal/social development, physical development, cognitive development, and creative expression.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (NAEYC Standards), The Creative Curriculum and The Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework, which are the highest industry standards, are detailed in the links below.
Read more about Developmentally Appropriate Practice
The editors of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs – Revised Edition relied on research regarding how children learn as well as beliefs about what practices are most supportive and respectful of children’s healthy development. The materials in the book help teachers make informed decisions about educating young children. Developmentally Appropriate Practice helps teachers to meet children where they are and to develop challenging yet achievable learning goals. It provides sketches of characteristics and widely held expectations for children’s development in four domains: gross motor development, fine motor development, language and communication development, and social and emotional development. Charts that give examples of contrasting appropriate and inappropriate practices are provided to encourage teachers to reflect on their own teaching strategies.
Read more about The Creative Curriculum
For young children, meaningful and long-lasting learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. This is best accomplished through purposeful play facilitated by highly intentional teaching practices. The Creative Curriculum’s comprehensive approaches to curriculum are based on an understanding of the complex social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children and the way children learn. A comprehensive curriculum provides guidance on the many factors that lead to a high-quality program and presents all aspects of teaching young children effectively. This thorough guidance contrasts with approaches that give teachers a rigid script to follow. The comprehensive, research-validated, integrated curricula provide everything programs need to achieve positive, consistent outcomes for children. They address teachers’ need to know what to teach and why to teach it, and how children learn best. This program helps teachers respond to the individual needs and learning styles of all of their children. Built from the ground up to be inclusive, the Creative Curriculum is widely used in special education and inclusive classrooms nationwide. The curriculum rests on a foundation of more than 75 years of scientific research about child development and learning theory that leads to specific instructional strategies based on how young children learn best. The Creative Curriculum takes what has been learned from theorists such as Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Howard Gardner, as well as recent research studies about language, literacy, and math development and clearly and simply explains how to apply this information in a classroom. The curriculum model is practical, logical, and meaningful to teachers. The books translate theory into daily practice by presenting material with structure that makes sense.
Read more about The Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework
The Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework articulates what children should know and be able to do as a result of a high quality preschool experience. The learning outcomes in this framework are recognized nationally as comprehensive and consistent with research in child development and early childhood education. The areas or domains addressed are:
- Personal & Social Development
- Cognitive Development including approaches to learning, scientific and logical-mathematical knowledge, language and literacy
- Physical Development
- Creative Expression
Further, these learning outcomes are aligned with the Connecticut Framework for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Curricular Goals and Standards and represent precursor skills in language, pre-literacy and mathematics for success on the Grade 4 CT Mastery Test. The companion Preschool Assessment Framework allows teachers to monitor children’s progress over time on performance standards. Teachers need to be able to identify each child’s current level of skill development, identify skills needing development, and target instruction to support increased skill acquisition. Additionally, programs and schools can use the assessment information to determine specific areas of improvement necessary to increase learning outcomes, such as professional development, resources and equipment.
Town & Country Early Learning Centers are proud to offer NAEYC-accredited programs. Learn more…