Curriculum and Assessment: Curriculum

Curricula Guidance

Guidelines for Selecting High Quality Curriculum for Young Children (pdf)

Rubric (pdf) - to guide when evaluating the quality and completeness of any early childhood curriculum framework

Choosing a Preschool Curriculum (pdf) - National Center on Quality Teaching & Learning (NCQTL) Tipsheet for selecting and implementing a preschool curriculum

Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report 2015 (pdf) - Using 13 benchmarks for a quality curriculum, this resource provides information about different preschool curricula so that programs can select a high-quality research-based curricula.

*Curricula Shared during WI Model Early Learning Standards Training

A number of curricula are available for preview during the WI Model Early Learning Standards training. Frequently asked questions address how the WI Model Early Learning Standards relate to curriculum:
15. Can the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards also be used as curriculum?
16. What specific curriculum should I be using in my program?
17. How can the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and accompanying Developmental Continuum be used in the development of curriculum for early education classrooms?

Note: Click here for The full WMELS Frequently Asked Questions

To preview preschool curricula, contact The Childcare Information Center (CCIC)
Email: [email protected] or Phone: 1-800-362-7353

Additional Resources

Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How 2008 (website) - The seminal document from the National Research Council regarding the assessment of young children

Content-Rich Instruction in Preschool (website) - 5 research-based principles are described to support content-rich preschool learning environments so that the knowledge gap can be closed

Animals & Occupations: Why Theme-Based Curricula Work (webpage) - Describes why integrated, thematic learning works and how a preschool teacher can implement theme-based curricula

REC and the Project Approach to Learning (video) - The various components of the project approach are described

The Lunch Project (webpage) - This article discusses a project about lunch undertaken by a class of 3-5 yr old children in an Iowa preschool. Following the description of the school & the goals of the project, the article presents the 3 phases, teacher’s reflections, and photos documenting the project.

Child’s Play: An Evidence-Based Practice to Support Learning & Development 2016 (PPT) - From the Early Childhood Curriculum & Assessment Network at the WI DPI. Discusses play, provides research that supports it as an evidence-based practice, and how it should be the base of quality preschool curriculum and instruction.

WI Early Childhood Professional Development Packages (website); Houses a variety of materials that can be used to provide professional development regarding assessment

For assistance contact:
Jen Kalis, Early Childhood RtI Statewide Coordinator, [email protected] or call 608-786-4810

Updated 12/9/2016