The curriculum supports cultural responsiveness. Cultural responsiveness is a strengths-based approach to teaching and caregiving. It is rooted in respect and appreciation for the role of culture in children's learning and development. A culturally responsive curriculum prompts providers and educators to learn about each child's strengths, abilities, experiences, and interests as developed within the child's family and culture. The curriculum provides guidance on how to modify and enhance plans and materials to build on these strengths, abilities, experiences, and interests in order to incorporate each child's culture into the program.
The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd EditionFull Review & Ratings
Interactions: The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd Edition provides guidance about culturally responsive ways of interacting with diverse children and families. Volume 1: The Foundation offers guidance on cultural awareness in all areas of development and for providers to support children and families who are DLLs (e.g., Getting to know families, understanding the influences of culture, making families feel welcome). Volume 2: Routines and Experiences provides guidance on being culturally responsive and engaging children throughout the day. Intentional Teaching Cards, available in English and Spanish, include guidance about interacting with children.
Learning Experiences: Volume 1: The Foundation supports cultural awareness in all areas of development. It also provides examples of how children's cultures can influence their development in a domain. The curriculum includes guidance for providers to support children, including children who are DLLs. Volume 2: Routines and Experiences offers guidance on being culturally responsive and engaging children throughout the day. Sample forms are given for providers to collect and curate conversation with families to help integrate family values, beliefs, and customs into the program.
Learning Materials: Many of the curriculum's materials are culturally appropriate and offer suggestions for providers to incorporate stories and music from children's home culture into the family home environment (e.g., Intentional Teaching Cards, High Five Magazines). Volume 1: The Foundation provides strategies for bringing the languages of families who are DLLs into the home. Volume 2: Routines and Experiences includes strategies for respectfully including materials that show the cultures of children in the home. However, the curriculum does not provide specific guidance on working with children from tribal families.
The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child CareFull Review & Ratings
Interactions: The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child Care provides some guidance on culturally responsive interactions with children and families. The cultural responsiveness section in the User's Guide includes guidance on working with children and families who are DLLs. Monthly units offer activities for caregivers to use in children's home language during interaction with children, including children who are nonverbal or learning a language (e.g., Water Lily Fun, Big and Little Art). Parent Involvement, Family Engagement & Gee Whiz promotes communicating with parents and highlights written communication tools (e.g., Family Letters; Digital Family Notes; All About My Week Reports; and Just a Note). It provides suggestions and guidance for goal-setting with families and a goal planning worksheet. Materials are available in English and Spanish. The curriculum lacks references to culturally responsive practices for school-age children.
Learning Experiences: The curriculum provides brief references for working with children and families who are DLLs and from different cultural backgrounds. Creative Me unit encourages providers to take photographs and use mirrors. The curriculum references working with children who are DLL but lacks consistent and explicit examples of relevant activities.
Learning Materials: The curriculum provides general information and examples of having culturally responsive learning materials. Gee Whiz Education Curriculum 2019–2020 User's Guide encourages cultural responsiveness through books that reflect a wide variety of families and cultures. It promotes linguistic responsiveness through books in languages spoken by children. Monthly units provide some materials in Spanish. Bilingual materials such as flashcards and books include suggestions for providers to ask parents for material suggestions.