The Creative Curriculum is designed for early childhood programs serving children ages 3-5 years. It is nationally recognized as providing a comprehensive approach to learning for all children. The framework of the program is a foundation of theory and research regarding early development and learning. Program goals of The Preschool Creative Curriculum (Teaching Strategies, 2002) are:
1. Development of social competence as the key focus of preschool years. fostering a strong relationship that enhances confidence, independence, curiosity, motivation, persistence, self-control, cooperation, empathy, and the ability to communicate.
2. Constructive purposeful play is a vehicle for meaningful learning: handling materials, becoming a creator, organizing materials, and sustaining attention. Planning to engage children in goals and options to achieve them; and reflection / remembering with analysis provides opportunities to develop thinking skills.
3. Curriculum and assessment are linked : to support learning, to identify special needs, for program evaluation and monitoring trends, and for program and school accountability.
4. Families are partners in learning: when parents are involved; children do better in school. The more options provided to a family, the more likely to be successful. Proactively connecting with families to communicate and problem solve together provides a strong foundation for learning.
5. Teachers role is vital in connecting content, teaching, and learning observing, responding, guiding , and assessing children’s learning simultaneously provide critical connections for learning.
6. All children, including special needs can thrive in an appropriate preschool classroom: increasing independence, self control, learning to take initiative, communicating effectively, working together in a group, and providing learning opportunities for special needs: (gifted or disabled), and cultural / linguistic differences.