The Children's Place Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum® is the selected research-based curricula model for our program. With support from Maine’s Early Learning & Development Standards, Supporting Maine’s Infants & Toddlers: Guidelines for Learning & Development, and Developmentally Appropriate Practice established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, our child-centered, play-based curriculum offers experiences and activities in:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Music and Drama
  • Art and Multi-Media Experiences
  • Exploration and the Scientific Method
  • Movement
    • Body Awareness
    • Locomotion
    • Spatial Relationships
    • Creative Dance
  • Non-Competitive Group Games
  • Mathematics Understanding
    • Prepositions
    • Sorting By Attributes
    • Ordering
    • Number Sense and Counting
    • Geometry & Spatial Relationships
    • One to One
    • Manipulatives

The Creative Curriculum® is the formal tool used for planning in our classrooms, based on sound developmental theory and evidence-based research. Numerous research studies have been conducted to validate its effectiveness. It meets all the standards put forth for effective early childhood curricula by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in the Maine Department of Education (NAECS/MDOE).

The Creative Curriculum® is a comprehensive curriculum with guidance on teaching literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. The materials show teachers not only what to teach but how and why. This inclusive, strengths-based approach is appropriate for all children, including dual-language learners and children with disabilities.

The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers and Twos translates research and theory into a practical, easy-to-understand approach to working with children and their families. This curriculum has a clear organizational structure with a particular focus on routines and experiences.

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool balances teacher-directed and child-initiated learning with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. It has an environmentally based approach that defines the vital role of the teacher in connecting content, teaching, and learning for preschool children with a particular focus on interest areas.