Infant through Preschool Curriculum & Assessment

The CCLC uses a curriculum with proven success. It provides programs for each age group based on a nationally recognized and research-based curriculum and assessment system that has been proven to lead to positive outcomes for all children.

The Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate curriculum that offers a balance of teacher-and child-initiated activities. The two editions, one for infants, toddlers and twos and another for preschool-age children.  

The curriculum addresses nine areas of development and learning: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts.

Within these nine areas, the curriculum focuses on 36 key objectives that guide teachers as they plan learning experiences and interact with children.

The curriculum is linked to an ongoing, online assessment system that enables staff to monitor each child’s progress plan appropriate learning experiences at the right time and share information with families.

The assessment system is used to discover each child’s strengths, skills, interests and needs, so we can help every child experience success. The assessment systems also enables CCLC to exchange information with families so, together, we can ensure that your child is progressing.

The daily classroom routine includes opportunities for:

  • Large and small group activities
  • Fine and gross motor activities
  • Language development
  • Socialization activities in addition to meal times
  • Development of self-help skills

Our Education Goals

The most important goal of our childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners with positive social-emotional skills. We encourage children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and think their own thoughts. We are teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but throughout their lives.

In addition, our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive. We are allowing them to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them. Our teaching fosters good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.

The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select learning materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with our children are all designated to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.

Exploring our playground in winter.

Exploring snow is a great tactile experience.

Sorting colors and shapes from a collection of caps and tops saved for up-cycling.

Climbing and exploring our large playground.

Planting and tending to our garden veggies.

IMAGE_AB503B5B-9A29-4B4F-BAF1-DA7E6C44A8DEThe Child Care & Learning Center is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that has been serving families in Rappahannock County since 1976.