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Principles of Creative Curriculum

  • Develop and maintain a trusting relationship with each child.
  • Implement nurturing, trust-building routines.
  • Provide responsive caregiving to meet the individual needs of children.
  • Provide learning experiences that help children feel competent.
  • Offer children appropriate choices and challenges.
  • Assign primary caregivers to infants and toddlers, to help build trusting, loving relationships.
  • Talk with children, even before they understand anything you are saying.
  • Respond to children’s attempts to communicate.
  • Help children express their emotions appropriately.
  • Provide many opportunities for pretend play.


Five fundamental principles guide practice and help teachers to understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and structuring preschool programs in specific ways.

  • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
  • Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
  • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
  • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
  • Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.

Dodge, D.T., Rudick, S., & Berke, K. (2011). The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos: Volume 1 The Foundation. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies Gold, Inc.

Dodge, D.T., Heroman, C., Colker, L.J., & Bickart, T.S. (2010). The Creative Curriculum for Preschool: Volume 1 The Foundation. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies Gold, Inc.

For more information about The Creative Curriculum, please visit their website