The term "curriculum" refers to the daily opportunities for learning that you offer the children in your care. Some programs utilize a highly structured curriculum plan, and others have a very flexible and casual approach. The most successful child care providers are those who use their own interests and passions as a major part of their curriculum. Providers who love music typically offer a music-rich curriculum, and those that enjoy gardening will often incorporate that passion by offering opportunities for outdoor science through gardening experiences. Some things to consider...
- How will you know what each child needs to reach his or her potential?
- How can you tell if curriculum is appropriate to meet each child's individual needs?
- How can you be respectful of and responsive to children and families of different cultures?
- How can you work with early intervention providers, such as therapists and educators, who may visit your home to help you serve children with diverse needs and abilities?
- How can you determine whether the activities you plan for the children are developmentally appropriate?
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has established guidelines that you can refer to that can help you to determine whether the activities and experiences you offer are developmentally appropriate. Visit www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/dap to view these guidelines.
The following curriculum resources offer information and tips on quality improvement, curriculum ideas, resource lending and school readiness.
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Our services to child care providers are coordinated through a team of staff with experience in various early childhood settings that include family child care, center-based care, preschool and Head Start programs. Our Early Care & Education Specialists provide professional development, coaching and technical assistance to early educators serving children birth to age 12. They help child care providers in easing children and families through developmental transitions, adapting the environment and materials for children with diverse needs and abilities, and much more.
We can help answer your questions and concerns about topics like:
- Marketing tips for your business.
- Ways to support children with behavior difficulties.
- Record keeping and tax questions.
- Engaging families in your program.
- Organizing the space and learning materials in your home or classroom.
- Developing a contract and policies for your business.
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Check out Vroom! Download the Vroom app for quick brain-building activities you can do with children ages 0-5 years. Click here to visit their website, and see some sample tips below!
Visit our ERC ROUND TABLE curriculum blog! Read articles, get curriculum ideas and share your thoughts with our staff and other early educators. Click here to visit our blog today!
Follow us on Pinterest! We are constantly pinning fabulous ideas we love to share. Click here to view our variety of Pinterest boards surrounding early childhood education.
Visit one of our lending libraries to check out teacher resource books, children’s books and activity totes. You can also utilize our die cut and laminating machines.
The Topeka library is open during normal business hours. The Topeka office also offers extended library hours the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Lawrence library is open Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. The Lawrence office also offers extended library hours on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit our Class Calendar for specific dates and times for our extended hours.
Items you will find in our resource lending libraries include:
- Teacher Resource Books (Topics include everything from behavior guidance, to nutrition, patterns, activities, administration, business and child development, etc.)
- Themed Activity Totes (Categorized by age.)
- Prop Boxes for Dramatic Play
- DVDs & CDs
- Informational Brochures
- Die Cut Machine
- Laminating Machine ($0.50 per linear foot. Width of laminate is approximately 2 feet.)
- Copy Machine ($0.05 per copy.)
Numerous studies have shown that 90 percent of child's brain development occurs before the age of 5. By making early childhood education available to all children, we take advantage of a crucial period in their development.
Studies show that high-quality early childhood programs are the BEST way to support improved academic outcomes in K-12 education. Children who attend early childhood programs are far more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn, read at grade level by third grade, and graduate from high school and even college.
We offer programs and services to child care programs to help increase the quality of the care and education they provide for children. To learn more about these services and how your child care program can enroll, click on the Quality Improvement Programs title above.