CDC Curriculum

Our beliefs concerning the education and growth of children exist due to many separate theories including Abraham Maslow, Eric Erickson, Jean Piaget, Vtgotsky and Howard Gardner. We believe that the combinations of each of these theoretical approaches provide a comprehensive approach to our learning environment. This approach emphasizes the identifiable patterns of growth, the child’s interaction with the environment (both people and materials), and the interaction between the cognitive and affective spheres of development. 
 
The Learning Environment
The theories of Erikson, Piaget, Vtgotsky and Gardner are reflected in the setup of the classroom. The overall learning environment is important and the set up if the physical environment is intentional. 
 
We offer many interest areas with the intention of providing children with options to make choices. The classroom structure includes important physiological care routines in addition to choice play and learning opportunities. The following are examples of the “Interest Areas” we provide:
Manipulatives, Transportation & Blocks, Toys and Games, Library, Sensory Table,
Dramatic Play, Art, Science, Music and Movement, Math
 
What Children Learn
We recognize that each child is unique and have unique interests. Lesson planning is based upon the child’s interests, skill level, and providing opportunities for problem solving. Teachers provide intentional opportunities through centers and small and large group times to challenge children in the following concepts and skills:
 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Arts, and Social Emotional Development
 
Curriculum
Infant & Toddler Program

Pinnacle Curriculum is based on the works of Piaget, Gardner, and Erikson, providing hands-on, center-based activities that promote the development of emerging skills. Written by early childhood experts with years of child care experience, Pinnacle Curriculum provides a research-based educational foundation for the children in our center.

Pinnacle Curriculum™ for infants & toddlers provides activities that stimulate growth and developmentthat can be incorporated into the routines of the day. Encouraging an atmosphere of caring, love, and hugs, Pinnacle Curriculum provides children with fun activities to do– even during the “Radical Routines” of eating and changing! Lesson plans are designed for personalization, making it easy to craft the curriculum to meet each child’s specific needs.  This curriculum is aligned to Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards.

Preschool Program

The Creative Curriculum is an inquiry based/problem-solving approach to learning that is theory driven and research-based. The framework centers on child development and the ways in which preschool children learn. Child development and learning is grouped into the four domains of social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. Teachers create a well-designed learning environment through opportunities for child-initiated learning and direct teaching strategies. Child-initiated learning is done through in depth classroom exploratory studies and the use of eleven interest areas. The eleven areas present within each classroom include Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys and Games, Art, Library, Discovery, Sand and Water, Music and Movement, Cooking, Computers, and Outdoors. Teacher-directed instruction occurs through large group, small group and individual instruction. The content of instruction is aligned with Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards.

School-Age Program

Creative Curriculums, Building the Primary Classroom, is an inquiry based/problem-solving approach to learning that is theory driven and research-based. Child development and learning is grouped into the four domains of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Teachers create a well-designed learning environment through opportunities for child-initiated learning and direct teaching strategies. Child-initiated learning is done through in depth classroom exploratory studies and the use of various interest areas. Teacher-directed instruction occurs through large group, small group and individual instruction. The content of instruction is aligned with Ohio’s K-12 Learning Standards.

Our Curriculum is aligned to the Ohio Early Learning & Development Standards, and Ohio's K-12 standards in order to ensure the quality of the curriculum and classroom environment.