When you are selecting a curriculum for your early childhood program, here are some questions to help you identify one that is right for your situation. These questions were proposed by Diane Trister Dodge in her Exchange article, “Early Childhood Curriculum Models: Why, What, and How Programs Use Them,” (Exchange, January 2004).
• Does the curriculum fit our beliefs, interests, and goals?
• Is it based on research?
• Is it easy to understand?
• Is it a comprehensive curriculum that sets out the basic information and guidance for putting a program in place, or a framework that allows teachers to create the curriculum?
• Is there evidence of the curriculum’s effectiveness when implemented well?
• Are resources available to support staff in implementing the curriculum (e.g., trainer’s guides, videos, parent resources)?
• Does it contain tools to determine how well the curriculum is being implemented (e.g., an implementation checklist that can be used by teachers and administrators)?
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