Professional Development and Materials to Support Implementation
The curriculum offers professional development and materials to support implementation and continuous improvement. Professional development includes gaining the knowledge and skills required for effective implementation of a curriculum. Standardized training procedures include initial and ongoing training to support education staff as they learn to implement a curriculum with fidelity. They also provide consistent content and delivery methods across training sessions. Materials to support implementation include resources that come with a curriculum to help education staff understand how to use it. The materials might also include resources to help education managers, child development specialists, and coaches support education staff to implement the curriculum effectively. Professional development and materials to support implementation and continuous improvement should be designed to benefit providers and educators with a range of backgrounds and learning styles.
The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd EditionFull Review & Ratings
Professional Development: The publisher, Teaching Strategies, offers face-to-face professional development for introductory implementation and specified intensive training in the development areas of math, language, and social and emotional development. The Teaching Strategies GOLD® platform offers training on completing development assessments. Online professional development is also accessible.
Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd Edition includes a comprehensive set of materials to support implementation. The Guide can be used to orient providers to the curriculum materials and how they fit together. The publisher offers three volumes to support providers as they implement the curriculum: Volume 1: The Foundation, Volume 2: Routines and Experiences, Volume 3: Objectives for Development & Learning. Additionally, Daily Resources provides detailed guidance on what to do each day (e.g., Teaching Guides, Intentional Teaching Cards, Mighty Minutes, Book Discussion Cards, etc.).
- Fidelity Tool: For an additional fee, providers can purchase Coaching to Fidelity: The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care and The Fidelity Tool Provider Checklist. These support providers in implementing The Creative Curriculum® for Family Child Care, 3rd Edition. Coaching to Fidelity includes The Fidelity Tool Checklist for providers to reflect on their practice. The Fidelity Tool for Administrators provides guidance for administrators to determine how well providers are implementing the curriculum.
The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child CareFull Review & Ratings
Professional Development: The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child Care offers initial training for providers. An Overview of Gee Whiz Education and Introduction to Gee Whiz Education webinars provides an overview of the curriculum and guidance for implementing the curriculum. The publisher offers free on-going training and professional development opportunities through live and recorded webinars for providers. Gee Whiz Education Curriculum 2019-2020 User's Guide also provides information on the initial training and online webinars (e.g., An Overview of Gee Whiz Education, ongoing cohorts, and individual topic training).
Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum references materials for supporting implementation (e.g., Gee Whiz Education Curriculum 2019–2020 User's Guide). Ongoing webinar cohorts and trainings provide an overview on implementing the curriculum (e.g., The Why Behind Experiences). Providers are given support for implementing the curriculum and the flexibility to implement all activities and features of the curriculum materials.
- Fidelity Tool: The Gee Whiz Curriculum for Family Child Care includes a Utilization Checklist, a component designed for quality specialists and coaches to measure the fidelity with which a provider is using the curriculum.