Early childhood educators formulate their decision about the development of children through three types of information. They are as follows:
- Child development and how children learn.
- The individual strengths, needs and interest of each child.
- Families and the community cultures.
There are five principles that The Creative Curriculum for Preschool incorporates. The curriculum assists us to comprehend the logic for the intentional setting and operations of a preschool environment. These five principles are:
- Positive interactions and relationships with adult-child.
- Social-emotional competence in early childhood atmosphere.
- Constructive and purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher-family collaborations promote positive children development and learning.
From Lev Vygotsky (zone of proximal development and scaffolding), Erik Erikson (stages of psychosocial development), Jean Piaget (purposeful play), and John Dewey (the physical environment, materials, families and community cultures affect children’s learning); The Creative Curriculum for Preschool utilizes these building blocks as the foundation. Stagg Street Center for Children believes that this curriculum assist the teacher to develop our students with interaction, social competence, creates a rich environment for learning and fosters a strong home-school connection.