Supporting child development: Why use curriculum in early childhood settings?

A high-quality curriculum is the keystone of any high-quality early childhood program. Embracing a curriculum offers a multitude of benefits that enrich the learning experience for children and educators. Here are a few benefits of using a high-quality curriculum in your center. 

Clear developmental standards and increased QRIS: A curriculum will serve as your compass, providing clear developmental benchmarks and expectations for children, educators and families. This invaluable guidance ensures that you remain on track in supporting growth and development, fostering a structured and purposeful learning environment that can increase your center’s QRIS rating.

Assessment and observations: A curriculum will empower you to best support children’s growth and development. With effective assessment tools, evaluation strategies, and developmental frameworks, a high-quality curriculum equips you with the resources needed to comprehensively evaluate progress and set achievable goals tailored to each unique child.

Balanced group and individualized learning: Navigate the delicate balance between group engagement and individualized instruction seamlessly. A curriculum offers a roadmap for crafting diverse activities that cater to both collective learning experiences and unique developmental pathways.

Strengthened family engagement: It has repeatedly been proven that family engagement is linked to improved school success. A high-quality curriculum empowers you to foster collaborative relationships with families as you share the learning with them, creating a cohesive community that extends beyond the classroom.

Child-centric daily activities: Listening to children and considering their point of view ensure children have meaningful participation in the classroom. With a curriculum, you ensure that each activity is purposeful, engaging, and aligned with the developmental needs of your young learners.

Seamless routines: Research shows that routines support healthy social emotional development in early childhood. A curriculum simplifies the process of setting up a structured schedule, helping children thrive in a predictable and comfortable environment.

Professional development: In a survey of over 2000 educators, professional development was listed as the top strategy for supporting educators in their career growth. A high-quality curriculum will equip educators with the most up-to-date practices for their classroom, helping them stay motivated, engaged and committed to enhancing their skills. 

Experience the transformative impact of implementing curriculum at your childcare center. Embrace a learning approach that empowers teachers and fosters child growth by creating an environment where children can flourish.

To learn more about how HiMama supports early childhood classrooms with expert-designed, research-backed and ready to use curriculum kits, click here!

Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!