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Beautiful Beginnings: A Developmental Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

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Professional Development: The curriculum publisher does not offer standardized initial training or ongoing professional development opportunities.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum provides some materials to support implementation. The manual begins with an overview of the curriculum's approach and components. It also includes guidance on how to implement the curriculum's extensive set of "Experiences." However, the curriculum lacks additional materials to support implementation, such as teaching resources that offer comprehensive guidance on foundational aspects of curriculum implementation (e.g., how to set up the physical environment, establish individualized schedules, engage families) or any training or coaching resources.

  • Fidelity Tool: The curriculum does not include a tool to assess fidelity of implementation.

HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum

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Professional Development: The publisher, HighScope, offers comprehensive standardized initial training and ongoing professional development. Standardized initial training options include two in-person courses: a one-week introduction to the curriculum and a four-week training that covers the five major topics in the "HighScope Infant-Toddler Wheel of Learning:" active learning, adult-child interaction, learning environment, schedule and routines, and assessment. In addition, HighScope delivers ongoing professional development opportunities through a range of in-person trainings, online courses, and certification programs. Finally, HighScope offers customized trainings for programs.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum provides a comprehensive set of materials to support implementation. Tender Care and Early Learning introduces the HighScope approach and provides guidance on engaging in supportive adult-child interactions, setting up the learning environment, and establishing schedules and routines. The two Lesson Plans for a Strong Start books give teachers six weeks of lesson plans for infants and toddlers as well as information on how to continue to make intentional plans for children. The curriculum also provides a video series that can be used as a tool for coaching or professional development to support staff in their ongoing implementation of the curriculum.

  • Fidelity Tool: The curriculum offers the Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tool, which can be used to understand how teachers are implementing the HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum. This tool measures the quality of four aspects of curriculum implementation: learning environment, schedules and routines, adult-child interactions, and curriculum planning and child observation.

Frog Street Infant

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Professional Development: Frog Street offers a range of in-person courses, including both initial (Frog Street Infant Curriculum Implementation) and ongoing (Frog Street Infant Curriculum Follow-Up) training sessions. Additional courses cover a wide range of content, such as family engagement and how to plan age-appropriate activities in each domain. The curriculum also offers professional learning webinars that can be customized to meet the needs of programs using a pre-webinar questionnaire to identify challenges and share successes.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum includes a comprehensive set of materials to support implementation. Both Welcome to Frog Street Infant and an introductory video in the online portal provide an overview of the curriculum materials, such as Activity Cards, CDs, manipulatives, and books for children. The curriculum features 264 Activity Cards organized by domain and age, which provide best practices, information on child development, learning objectives, required materials, and activity instructions. The curriculum also provides an Infant Activity Tracker to help teachers organize which activities they will focus on for each child.

  • Fidelity Tool: The curriculum offers the Frog Street Infant Administrator Classroom Observation Tool, which can be used to assess fidelity of implementation. Program administrators or coaches can use the tool to assess infant teachers' sensitivity to social and emotional needs of children, instructional strategies, classroom environment, and intentionality.

Frog Street Toddler

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Professional Development: Frog Street Toddler offers a range of in-person courses, including both initial (Frog Street Toddler Curriculum Implementation) and ongoing (Frog Street Toddler Curriculum Follow-Up) training sessions. Additional courses cover a wide range of content, such as family engagement and how to plan age-appropriate activities in each domain. The curriculum also offers professional learning webinars that can be customized to meet the needs of programs using a pre-webinar questionnaire to identify challenges and share successes.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum includes a comprehensive set of materials to support implementation. The online portal houses three introductory videos, which provide an overview of the curriculum materials. Similarly, Welcome to Frog Street Toddler describes the program components and how to use the various curriculum materials. The curriculum features 13 Activity Guides that provide weekly lesson plans. The guides include materials, vocabulary, learning centers, and plans for activities that support children's development in specific domains. They also embed prompts for teachers to implement assessment and family engagement. Frog Street Toddler comes with wall posters to remind teachers of best practices for supporting child development.

  • Fidelity Tool: The curriculum offers the Frog Street Toddler Administrator Classroom Observation Tool for Curriculum Fidelity. Program administrators or coaches can use the tool to assess toddler teachers': sensitivity to children's social and emotional needs; instructional strategies implemented individually or in small groups; classroom environment; and intentionality in supporting learning.

Innovations: The Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Curriculum

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Professional Development: One of the curriculum's authors offers comprehensive standardized initial training and ongoing professional development for an additional fee. She provides both introductory and more specialized, advanced workshops for teachers, administrators, and professional development providers on how to implement Innovations: The Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Curriculum. The workshops cover a wide range of content, such as child development, observation and assessment, interactions, and the learning environment. Some of the professional development opportunities reference individualized supports to program administrators and teachers. The curriculum comes with a Trainer's Guide that provides instructions on how to facilitate an eight-hour "Comprehensive Introduction to Innovations: The Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Curriculum" session, as well as 29 modules that can be used with pre- or in-service teachers as either workshops or staff meetings. Finally, the curriculum includes two Teacher's Guides with over 40 hours of self-guided professional development.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: Innovations: The Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Curriculum includes a thorough set of materials to support implementation. Innovations: Infant and Toddler Development provides theoretical and practical information related to infant and toddler development and introduces teachers to the curriculum's approach. The two curriculum activity books provide age-appropriate activity "Possibilities" for infants and toddlers as well as guidance on assessment, parent partnerships, and the learning environment. The two Teacher's Guides provide 38 modules to support teachers in implementing key components of the curriculum.

  • Fidelity Tool: The Teacher's Guides include a "Comprehensive Skills Checklist for Teachers," designed for self-, peer, or performance evaluation. This tool may be used to assess whether teachers implement key teaching practices promoted by the curriculum (e.g., quality teacher-child interactions, ongoing observation, partnerships with parents, learning materials, and curriculum planning).

The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos, 3rd Edition

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Professional Development: The publisher, Teaching Strategies, offers comprehensive standardized initial training and ongoing professional development. In-person training options for teachers range from a two-day introduction called "Implementing The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos, 3rd Edition,” to more advanced examinations of specific topics (e.g., partnering with families, supporting language and literacy development). The publisher also offers in-person courses designed for administrators and coaches on how to help teachers implement the curriculum with fidelity. Online courses represent another option for ongoing professional development. These include 10 hours of self-paced modules at an additional cost. Finally, the publisher offers to work with programs to customize trainings based on program needs.

Curriculum Materials to Support Implementation: The curriculum includes a comprehensive set of materials to support implementation. The Guide to The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos orients teachers to the curriculum materials. The curriculum offers three volumes to support teachers during implementation: Volume 1: The Foundation, Volume 2: Routines & Experiences, and Volume 3: Objectives for Development & Learning. Finally, the Daily Resources provide teachers with more specific guidance on how to engage children in learning experiences throughout the day (e.g., Intentional Teaching Cards, Mighty Minutes, Book Conversation Cards).

  • Fidelity Tool: For an additional fee, programs can purchase Coaching to Fidelity, Infants, Toddlers & Twos Edition, which includes The Fidelity Tool for Administrators and The Fidelity Tool Teacher Checklist. Both tools assess the fidelity of implementation of the Daily Resources, The Foundation, and TS GOLD.