Curriculum Learning Communities
The Curriculum Learning Communities (CLC) program helps early learning programs implement developmentally appropriate curricula, which is a requirement of all School Readiness providers. At this time, CLC supports programs that use Creative Curriculum or HighScope Curriculum, with plans to include other approved curricula in the future. CLC is based on best practices and lessons learned from local and national early childhood curriculum implementation initiatives.
Goals of CLC
The goals of the Curriculum Learning Communities project are to:
- improve fidelity and accountability for curriculum implementation through job embedded professional development
- empower programs and teachers by building onsite capacity through innovative strategies and systematic training and support
How does CLC work?
Each Curriculum Learning Community consists of groups of 15-20 centers that are implementing the same curriculum. The group works together to implement the curriculum over time, share successes, and work to solve challenges.
Each center selects two peer facilitators, ideally one infant/toddler teacher and one preschool teacher. The peer facilitators:
- Complete 18-20 days of training on either Creative Curriculum or HighScope
- Full-day trainings, 2-3 consecutive days per month
- Trainings begin in the fall and conclude at the beginning of the summer each year (8-9 months)
- Receive 5-7 days of Peer Facilitator’s training on how to implement a learning community at their program so the entire early learning program can benefit from the trainings;
- Work with peers on-site to implement the approach between each training;
- Over the course of the CLC, increase appropriate implementation of the curriculum approach, providing higher quality care and education for young children and their families.
Incentives of CLC
In addition to specialized training, programs are eligible to receive the following incentives after successful completion of CLC:
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- Access to curriculum materials and support from the learning communities to ensure successful implementation
How do I enroll my program?
Programs must complete a pre-application to be added to the wait list for the next year’s CLC cohorts. Information provided in the pre-application helps to plan training locations and language. For additional information, please contact Georgia Thompson, Professional Development Manager at email@example.com or (305) 646-7220 ext. 282.
Other CLC Opportunities
If you a Curriculum Learning Communities graduate, the CLC has an exciting professional development opportunity for you to become a Peer Facilitator Apprentice.
Apprentices have the opportunity to use their experience as a past participant to facilitate future peer facilitation sessions.
- Coaching and training from the University of Florida Lastinger Center staff
- Two 1-day peer facilitator apprentice sessions
- An opportunity to practice your skills at 5 peer facilitator sessions for future CLC cohorts.
- CEUs upon successful completion of the program.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.