Program Curriculum

Early Childhood Curriculum

The foundation of the curriculum is three pronged:

  • developmentally appropriate practice for all children 

  • scaffolded learning opportunities

  • research based assessment/screening tools.

Curriculum foundations:

  • Children learn by active involvement in activities.

  • Routines and classroom structure support learning and development.

  • Assessment is authentic and documentary.

  • Children with specific needs are included in all activities and offered support that centers on their strengths

Inclusion Policy  

Observation and Screening Tools: Observation and Screening Instruments are utilized to assess children’s developmental progress and ensure teaching practices are implemented that respond to children’s individual growth patterns and learning styles.

COR Observational Assessment Tool: The Child Observation Record (COR) is a research supoorted observation-based assessment tool that includes all areas of development. Children are observed by undergraduate students and teachers. Developmental areas include: initiative, social relations, creative representation, movement and music, language and literacy, and mathematics and science. Observations are ongoing throughout the school year and conclude with a summary at the end of the school year.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire: The CDC uses The Ages and Stages Questionnaire for screening children between the ages of two to five. All children are screened at the start of the school year and then re-screened by the CDC staff during the school year. The ASQ screens children for developmental delays in gross motor, fine motor, personal social, problem solving and communication areas of development. Please see the ASQ Web site for a sample screening.

For research and assessment of social and emotional learning the CDC uses the Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales.  Published 2002 by Pro-ed. 

Literacy Assessment:  Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener(PALS) For children in the pre-Kindergarten year for assessing literacy skills.

Highscope Educational Research Foundation
Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy panel, 2008. A Scientific Synthesis of Early Literacy Development and Implications for Intervention, National Institute for Literacy.
Developmentally Appropriate Practices, revised edition, 2009
Curriculum Alignments with Florida State Standards for preschool Education:

Common Core Standards alignment:




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