Our curriculum was developed by a team that included the program directors and education consultant following collaborative work to identify program values with all teachers. This curriculum is a living document that will change as new research and practices in the field of early childhood education emerge, and will also reflect current legislation that affects program operation and curriculum requirements.
The curriculum was written to guide decision making around program planning and implementation rather than dictates specific activities, schedules, and procedures. It is not intended to be a comprehensive prescriptive curriculum – instead it allows teachers to think creatively and with flexibility in order to use fresh, emergent, and continually evolving activities and strategies to meet the guidelines and criteria outlined within. Teachers are free to adjust to child interest and ability in order to effectively meet the best practices, content standards, and performance indicators around which this document was written. Teachers are encouraged to be innovative, to think “outside the box,” and to take risks for the purpose of making children’s learning experiences exciting and extraordinary in order to fulfill the mission and philosophy of Toddlertime.