Alignment with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF)
The curriculum is aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and in consideration of the CCDF Final Rule regulations. Aligning a curriculum with the ELOF identifies the extent to which it addresses ELOF domains and sub-domains. Curricula that are fully aligned with the ELOF are comprehensive and cover all areas of children's learning and development. The curriculum is culturally relevant, researched-based, and supports high-quality care as stipulated in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Final Rule.
The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd EditionFull Review & Ratings
A thorough review of all curriculum materials in relation to the ELOF domains and sub-domains indicate The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd Edition is fully aligned with the ELOF. All ELOF sub-domains are supported throughout its materials. Materials provide guidance and opportunity for observing skill development and intentional teaching. Volumes 1–3 offer guidance on environment planning, daily schedules, teachable moments, child development knowledge, and working with families. The curriculum also supports flexibility for individualization and children with special needs. It provides resources and suggestions for working with families of children who are DLLs. Additionally, the curriculum meets the relevant requirements as stipulated in the CCDF Final Rule.
The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child CareFull Review & Ratings
A thorough review of all curriculum materials in relation to the ELOF domains and sub-domains indicate that The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child Care addresses all domains. Domains and subdomains are identified but not connected with specific skills or behaviors in the activities. The curriculum relies on provider knowledge of child development to connect teachings to adult-led activities. However, it provides minimal guidance to support providers in gaining this knowledge. While tools for designing learning goals are offered in the User's Guide and introductory materials, they do not connect to planned activities for monthly units.