In 2010, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers introduced the Common Core Standards. Currently adopted in forty-one states, these standards define the skills that a child should attain at the end of school year, including pre-kindergarten.
The New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core has organized these standards into five related domains as described below:
- Approaches to Learning – How children become involved in learning and acquiring knowledge.
- Physical Development and Health – Children’s physical health and ability to engage in daily activities.
- Social and Emotional Development – The emotional competence and ability to form positive relationships that give meaning to children’s experiences in the home, school, and larger community.
- Communication, Language, and Literacy – How children understand, create, and communicate meaning.
- Cognition and Knowledge of the World – What children need to know and understand about their world and how they apply what they know. This domain is a direct reflection of the content competencies and knowledge of the Common Core Learning Standards.
At The Kid’s Place, our curriculum is directly aligned to these standards. The pre-kindergarten curriculum is provided by the Minisink Valley School District and structured to incorporate the above domains. In the same manner, the three-year-old curriculum shadows the pre-kindergarten curriculum and is taught by “backward design”, whereby long-term educational objectives are the same in both programs.