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Curriculum & Assessment

Curriculum & Assessment


Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is “a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning”.  The 36 learning objectives provide for intentional planning based on indicators that are most predicative of future school success.  The curriculum aligns with the State of California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks, which serve as a guide for the knowledge and skills that children can children can achieve through intentional and thoughtful teacher interactions and instruction that promotes children’s early learning and development.


The investigations are:

  • The Beginning of the School Year
  • Balls
  • Trees
  • Clothes
  •  Buildings
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
  • Getting ready for Kinder
Through these investigations, teachers support children's  development in nine areas of development and learning:
  • Social-emotional
  • Physical
  • Language
  • Cognitive
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies and 
  • The arts
CELC uses the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) , a formative assessment instrument developed by the California Department of Education. This assessment is used continuously throughout the year as a tool for observing and documenting student progress.  A child's growth and development is shared with parents at teacher-parent conferences.