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The Creative Curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. This completely updated new edition of one of the country’s leading research-based preschool curricula applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning and the content standards developed by states and professional organizations.


While keeping the original environmentally based approach of earlier editions, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool clearly defines the teacher’s vital role in connecting content, teaching, and learning for preschool children. It features goals and objectives linked directly to our valid and reliable assessment instrument (The Creative is an online curriculum-based system that integrates ongoing assessment of children’s development with reporting, program planning, and parent communication tools. It is linked with The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, a comprehensive early childhood educational system that has been shown to promote the cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development of young children.


The assessment system is based on a valid and reliable instrument, The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5. The instrument meets all of the assessment standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of State Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NASECS/SDE) and has adequate assessment properties. It is an excellent tool for program planning and for analyzing and documenting child progress. It also meets federal and state reporting requirements, such as those of Head Start and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Pre-K: Creative Curriculum

Language and Early Literacy

  • Speech Development
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal Expression
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Print and Big Book Awareness
  • Letter Knowledge and Early Word Recognition
  • Motivation to Read
  • Developing Knowledge of Literary Forms
  • Written Expression


  • Numbers and Operations
  • Patterns
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense
  • Measurement
  • Classification and Data Collection


  • Science Processes
  • Science Concepts

Social Studies

  • Individual, Culture and History
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics

Fine Arts

  • Art
  • Music
  • Dramatic Play

Health and Safety

Personal and Social Development

Physical Development

  • Physical Movement
  • Gross-Motor and Fine-Motor Development
  • Technology Applications