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ELC Curricula Overview (Curricula Conference April 9-10 2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

High-quality early education produces long-lasting benefits for young children.  Based on this evidence, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe (“Coalition”) recognizes that the implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum is the fundamental building block of a high-quality program that improves the school readiness skills of all children.   A curriculum includes the goals for the knowledge and skills to be acquired by children and the plans for learning experiences through which such knowledge and skills will be achieved. (NAEYC, 2005) At its simplest, a curriculum is defined as what to teach and how to teach it.

While providers are given the task of choosing a curriculum for their program, it can be a confusing one, given the multitude of available curriculum models. If you are considering the selection of a new curriculum, reflect on the following questions:

  • Does the curriculum support the goals and philosophy of my program?
  • Will the curriculum guide teachers in the development of learning opportunities for children in all areas of development consistent with the programs’ goals?
  • Does the curriculum reflect responsiveness to values, experiences and languages of the families in my program?
  • Is the child assessment system consistent with the teaching philosophy of my program?
  • Does the curriculum provide adaptations and modifications to meet the needs of ALL children; including those with special needs?
  • Is the curriculum appropriate for all of my teachers, regardless of their qualifications?
  • Are there specific materials and resources necessary to implement this curriculum?  If so, are they affordable and am I willing to purchase them?
  • Are there on-going professional development opportunities available for my teachers?
  • Is there validated research that supports the effectiveness of this curriculum?

Curriculum Task Force

In 2005, the Coalition formed a Curriculum Task Force in an effort to look at curriculum selection and implementation at a county-wide level. One of the major tasks of this group was to review early childhood curriculum based on a strict set of criteria with an outcome of an “Approved Curriculum” list.  These curricula were reviewed with the goal of placing them into two categories:

A comprehensive or core curriculum is intended to be the primary instructional tool used to guide high quality teaching practices.  It encompasses all areas of development including:

A comprehensive curriculum provides activities, materials and guidance for the entire day

A supplemental curriculum is intended for flexible use in instruction or as an intervention that meets children’s needs in specific areas, such as phonological awareness, oral language, literacy, math, etc.  A supplemental curriculum provides activities, materials and guidance for a particular “portion” of the day; not the entire day. The two types of supplemental curriculum included on the approved list are language/literacy and character development.

Approved Curriculum List

Per state mandate, (s.411.01 (5)(C)2a.), all school readiness programs must implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum, including character development.  Specifically, to meet these  requirements, early learning program must implement a comprehensive (core) curriculum and character development supplemental curriculum on the Coalition’s Approved Curriculum List.  

Below is an expanded table of the Coalition’s Approved Curriculum list for centers and private schools:

These curricula meet all school readiness requirements.  They are classified as Comprehensive (Core) Curriculum with an integrated Character Development component (If you are implementing one of these, you have satisfied all curriculum implementation requirements.)

Beyond Centers and Circle Time (Preschool)
Beyond Cribs and Rattles (Infant-Toddler)
Creative Curriculum (Infant-Toddler and Preschool) includes a literacy component
HighScope (Infant-Toddler and Preschool) includes a literacy component
WEE Learn:  Weekday Early Education (Infant-Toddler and Preschool)

 

 

Comprehensive (Core) Curriculum with Literacy Supplement
(If you are only implementing one of these, you need to select a character development supplement.) Does not meet the requirement for infant-toddler core curriculum.

ELLM Plus:  Early Language and Literacy Model (Preschool)
Houghton Mifflin (Preschool)
Literacy Express (Preschool)
OWL:  Opening the World of Learning
Scholastic Early Childhood Program

 

 

Literacy Supplement Only
(If you are only implementing one of these, you need to select a comprehensive (core) curriculum and a character development supplement)

Breakthrough to Literacy
Letter People
Ready, Set, Leap!
Scholastic:  Building Language for Literacy
Wright Skills (formerly BELL)

 

 

Character Development Supplement Only
(If you are only implementing one of these, you need to select a comprehensive (core) curriculum)

Al’s Pals
Conscious Discipline
Peace Foundation (Peaceworks)

 

 

Below is an expanded table of the Coalition’s approved curriculum list for Family Child Care Homes:

These curricula meet all school readiness requirements.  They are classified as Comprehensive (Core) Curriculum with an integrated Character Development and Literacy component (If you are implementing one these below you have satisfied all curriculum implementation requirements.)

 

Creative Curriculum (Infant-Toddler and Preschool)
HighReach, 2nd Edition (Infant-Toddler and Preschool)
HighScope (Infant-Toddler and Preschool)

 

Curriculum Review and Approval Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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