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Curriculum & Assessment

Curriculum & Assessment


CELC has identified focus measures within the Desired Results Developmental Profile. These focus measure drive the curriculum and learning opportunities teachers develop. Teachers use a variety of learning expereinces to help students develop. The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is an example of a resource teachers use. Creative Curriculum is “a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning”. All learning activities align 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 Creative Curriculum Investigations include:

  • 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 Cognitive Toy Box (CTB) as a formative assessment tool in the classrooms. CTB is an online platform that students use to play learning games and staff uses to make observations, collect developmental data and structure the student's learning to meet the developmental milestones in the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP).
The DRDP is a summative 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.