The EDCOE preschool programs uses Creative Curriculum for Preschool as the primary curriculum model. It is based on 38 objectives for learning that are organized into five fundamental principles:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning;
- Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success;
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning;
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions; and
- Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.
Supplemental curricula used in the classroom are Second Step violence prevention activities, Hampton-Brown Phonemic Awareness activities, Handwriting Without Tears Program, and the Planned Language Approach to assist in closing the achievement gap for children entering kindergarten. Components of the I am Moving, I am Learning curriculum have been added to the daily schedule to encourage healthy body image and well-being.
EDCOE home visiting programs use several curricula to assist with expectant families and families with infants and toddlers. The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) emphasizes the need for close, caring relationships between infants and their caregivers, the importance of consistency and responsive caregiving, and the necessary elements needed to promote a safe and healthy environment. PITC is supplemented with Partners for Healthy Baby to promote a healthy pregnancy, reduce infant risk for abuse, and enhance healthy child outcomes.
Bonding with Your Baby Before Birth is a booklet used to assure an emotional connection with the unborn baby. Partners in Parenting Education (PIPE) Curriculum uses activity cards to assist parents with appropriate play activities to enhance early relationships and communication. This particular curriculum is highly successful with teen parents. All curricula used in our programs are evidenced-based, scientifically valid and grounded in research-based child development theory and practice.