Each month our teachers receive curriculum binders containing nearly 1000 pages of theme-related activities, projects and discussions. This curriculum received the Early Childhood News Award and Director’s Choice Recognition. It corresponds to the developmental appropriateness of each age group and, in addition, its ideas cover each of the interest areas including science, mathematics, creative art, language and literacy. These qualities put our curriculum in line with the curriculum guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC).
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In addition, our curriculum has a health and wellness component for all age groups. Each week’s curriculum includes activities and discussions that broaden children’s experiences and understanding of ecology, conservation and personal health.
Our teaching staff uses this curriculum in conjunction with their age groups goals. Our programs for infants, toddlers and two year olds obtain their goals from the Creative Curriculum Objectives and our preschool programs obtain their goals from the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS).
The Creative Curriculum Objectives (pdf) are a set of 21 goals that encourage children to develop social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language skills.
The Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) (pdf) were developed through the work of the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet and its Early Learning Standards Workgroup. In addition, over 100 state and national experts participated in some way during the development process, helping to ensure a strong and comprehensive set of Early Learning Standards for Connecticut.
Each week, our teachers create a curriculum that is not only thematic, but also incorporates activities that allow them to observe their students as they build skills in each of these standards. They use their observations to create assessments which are shared with families during parent-teacher conference weeks held throughout the year.
In addition, the curriculum for all of our programs from infancy to pre-k includes sign language learning each week and our preschool programs introduce vocabulary words in English and Spanish.
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Educational Playcare’s curriculum includes a monthly health and wellness topic. Each month, our sign language consultant, Cheyenne Rhodes, provides us with a video which helps children to tie health and wellness components into their curriculum using American Sign Language. Here are some examples: