Curricular Philosophy

  • Learning is a social endeavor, an exchange of ideas which results in deeper conceptual understanding.
  • Foundational skills and achievable challenges create the stepping stones to future learning.
  • Learning strategies must be developmentally appropriate, individualized, and personally meaningful.
  • A positive and secure environment opens the door to active exploration which is essential to foundational learning.

Curricula Implemented

ECDC has chosen to utilize six nationally-recognized curricula which present balance, diverse teaching methods and strategies, family involvement, and foundational skills.  Teachers use components of each of these curricula to provide experiences promoting physical well-being and motor development, social/emotional development, motivation to learn, language acquisition, cognition, and general knowledge.

ECDC is endorsed as an Eco-Healthy Child Care. We are also recognized as meeting “Let’s Move! Child Care” standards, a program established by First Lady Michelle Obama for developing healthy habits in our children.

Each classroom individualizes the curricula to best meet the needs of their present group of children.

The following links provide further information on our curriculum:

  • Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies - Observation and assessment of individual children guide the teacher in planning and implementing lesson plans best suited to the developmental needs of the children.
  • Opening the World of Learning (OWL), Pearson Publishing - Literacy-rich materials and lesson plans provide a comprehensive approach to all domains of early learning.  Language acquisition and listening comprehension are integrated throughout the curriculum.
  • Zoophonics - A rhythmic, aesthetic approach to teaching phonics, developed originally in the English Infant Schools, promotes letter and sound recognition with whimsical animal characters.
  • Handwriting Without Tears - Tangible activities and materials are designed to provide a natural, stress-free way to learn writing skills.  This system was developed by an occupational therapist after years of working with children experiencing writing delays.
  • Little Treasures, Macmillan McGraw-Hill - The use of visual prompts, children’s books, and Mr. Rogers’ themes impart a systematic approach to teaching pre-reading/writing skills and social-emotional behavioral competencies for school readiness.
  • High Reach, Carson-Dellosa Publishing - A research-based curriculum which incorporates several theories of learning and NAEYC’s guidelines creating a developmentally appropriate match for our youngest children.