Preschool Curriculum

Kids hands with lettersAlthough the Arizona Department of Education does not endorse any one preschool curriculum, many early childhood programs choose to use a professionally developed curriculum that incorporates child centered, developmentally appropriate concepts with academic standards for literacy and numeracy. Other programs develop their own curriculum that incorporates these principles.

Choosing a Curriculum

When choosing a curriculum consider the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1.  Refer to your agency’s or organization’s procurement process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2.  Convene a review team that includes at least one preschool teacher and one parent.                                                                                                                                                                                       3.  Provide the review team with information on choosing a curriculum. Such as the:                                                                                                                                                                                               NAEYC Position Paper:  http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/CAPEexpand.pdf                                                                                                                                                                          NCQTL Choosing a Preschool Curriculum: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/docs/preschool-curriculum.pdf                                                                 NIEER Preschool Policy Brief: http://nieer.org/resources/policybriefs/12.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.  Choose or create a rubric to use to evaluate the curricula.  Click here for a Guideline to Comprehensive Curriculum.  Click here for a sample rubric.

Contact Information

Early Childhood Education

Arizona Department of Education

1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin #15

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tel: 602-364-1530 Fax: 602-542-2730

Amy Corriveau, Deputy Associate Superintendent