Learning Through Play

Power of Play - Video Series by Steve Freier  (click here to read the text)

Curriculum Development & Child Assessment

The Child Development Center is strongly committed to a play-based approach to early learning (as outlined within the Preschool Learning Foundations and the Preschool Curriculum Framework published by the California State Department of Education). The framework for our curriculum development incorporates careful attention to design of the environment (with a focus on interest centers), developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), purposeful planning, and accurate assessment of learning outcomes.  Teachers use a variety of ways to observe and document the interests and abilities of each and every child in their charge, and develop curriculum that is responsive to individual child interests.  Teachers assess children's learning using a variety of tools (including the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) designed to provide children with a seamless transition to kindergarten), incorporate this information in their planning for learning, and explicitly communicate the outcomes of such ongoing assessment with classroom families.

Elements of the Reggio Emilia approach to learning are incorporated within our program philosophy and these directly influence curriculum development and child assessment.  Within this approach, there are a number of key areas that require careful consideration.

Understanding how children learn and documenting what children learn is our essential endeavor.  All Center families are invited to be partners with us in this process!

Assumptions About Learning