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Curriculum and Assessment

The Creative Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum is an award-winning, research-based curriculum featuring exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills. Our teachers will implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels.

The Creative Curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning and are fully aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education Early Learning Standards for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten. The curriculum offers opportunities to individualize instruction by helping the teachers meet the needs of every learner, with a particular focus on language development. Just like the Common Core State Standards which provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, The Creative Curriculum’s 38 objectives include progressions of development and learning that identify widely held expectations for children of particular ages or classes/grades. When children enter kindergarten, their learning has already focused on the skills that are essential for success with regard to the Common Core State Standards.

Teaching Strategies Gold

Authentic, ongoing observational assessment is critical to planning appropriate learning experiences and helping children thrive. Teaching Strategies GOLD is a seamless system for assessing children from birth through kindergarten. It helps teachers to observe children in the context of every day experiences which is an effective way to learn what they know and can do. Grounded in 38 research-based objectives for development and learning that include predictors of school success and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Pennsylvania Department of Education Early Learning Standards for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten, Teaching Strategies GOLD guides teachers on what matters most for school readiness. This assessment can be used to support all types of learners, including children with developmental delays and children with advanced knowledge and skills. It supports teachers through every step of the ongoing assessment cycle, helping teachers understand what to focus on, why it’s important, how to gather and interpret assessment information and how to use that information to plan meaningful learning experiences.

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