The curriculum that the Peralta Community College District Children's Centers is using is Creative Curriculum.
The Creative Curriculum is designed to be a blueprint for our teachers to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program for your children, while introducing them to topics that are interesting to them. The teachers provide support to the children throughout planned activities and activities that emerge through the children's interest and play. The teachers support the learning through conversation and some instruction.
The instruction is through doing and conversation, not drill.
The Creative Curriculum is based on different Child Development theorists and current research as to how children learn. The curriculum also takes into account the following: individual interests and uniqueness, gender, temperament, learning styles, life experiences, culture, special needs and second language learners, those are the many different aspects that every child brings into the classroom. Teachers are trained to recognize these aspects of each child and welcome them into the classroom.
The Creative Curriculum was chosen for the Peralta Community College District Children's Centers for many reasons. This is being taught by the Child Development Department at Merritt College to students who are interested in Early Childhood Education and related fields. It is a thorough curriculum that supports the children in meeting the Desired Results, which are mandated by the California Department of Education, Child Development Department.
The Creative Curriculum also encourages our teachers to individualize and make the learning experiences relevant to the children in the classroom.
The Creative Curriculum has different components that are interrelated to support each child in his/her learning and development.
Throughout Creative Curriculum, the partnership between the family and the teachers are very important to the successful foundation for the children to best prepare him/herself for future learning.