Research-Based Curricula and Teaching Practices

A high-quality, research-based curriculum provides learning goals and activities in key areas of children's development that reflect support for school readiness goals. A curriculum provides guidance on what to teach (content) and how to teach (learning experiences and teaching practices). The content is drawn from current child development science, the interests and ideas of the children, and the values of the community.

Choosing a Preschool Curriculum

Use these guides to help make informed decisions about choosing a preschool curriculum and assuring high-quality implementation of the curriculum.

This short video is an introduction that provides context for the Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report.

Go to the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework is an important resource for indentifying the content of a program’s early childhood curriculum.

This short video brings the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework to life. Each of the domains and domain elements are illustrated by children and teachers from Head Start programs across the country.

Last Reviewed: December 2012

Last Updated: October 14, 2014