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Compare and Evaluate Child Care Curriculum Programs and Packages

There are many prepackaged child care program kits available. Here is a way to compare and find the best one for your program.

Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
Itty Bitty Bookworm toddler and preschool CD or instant downloads
  • 4 Full weeks of lesson plans
  • List of monthly objectives that correlate with the Head Start Indicators
  • Patterns and blacklines that coordinate with the monthly lesson plans
  • Letter activity sheets/mini-books
  • Letter clip art
  • Number activity sheets
  • Large, letter outlines for collages/mosaics
  • Readers/booklets that coordinate with the books-of-the-month
  • Parent Newsletter
  • Full Color Games
  • Letter Display Cards
  • Number Display Cards
  • Shape Display Cards
  • Color Display
  • Learning Center Ideas for each week
  • Easy-to-use observation records
  • Daily Reports for Parents
  • 4 Poem/Nursery Rhyme Posters
no yes Monthly CDs are $30 and Instant Downloads are $20 yes Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Developmental Psychology. She has taught in a variety of settings, including public schools, private schools, and child development centers. She has served as an assistant director, a teacher mentor, and a curriculum and training specialist.
Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
Learning Foundations Ages 2-6 All units on CD sent by Child Care Lounge
  • Songs, poems, and fingerplays
  • Literacy Activities
  • Creative Art activity ideas
  • Movement/Large motor ideas
  • Science Experiences
  • Prop Box/Dramatic Play ideas
  • Block Area Enrichment ideas
  • Math activities
  • Flannel board ideas
  • Printable Hands-on Activities
  • And much more!
no materials, but a supply list is included yes $60 for Seasonal Theme Units CD, $60 for Any Time Units CD, or All units for $100 (savings of $20) yes Cathy Abraham has over 25 years experience in the early childhood field and a Master's degree in Education.
Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
Mother Goose Time Mother Goose Time preschool curriculum 2 1/2 - 5

Mother Goose Time toddler curriculum 15 months - 2 1/2 years
Arrives in a keepsake yellow school bus box. Monthly learning is organized chronologically: first, on top, find the full Teacher Toolkit, followed by Day Bags for each school day of the month. This system allows educators to open the box and be ready to teach! Creative open-ended theme based learning. Thematic educational resources support creative expression, scientific investigation, and learning through play

  • Literacy: Monthly story time book with retelling props, songs and finger plays. Multiple letter and word association games and activities throughout.

  • Included Materials: Photos, posters, games, manipulatives, journals, all display pieces, dramatic play props and all supplies for artistic exploration

  • Assessment: Organized method to document, assess and share progress as well as Teacher Guide built-in assessment prompts

  • Training:
    Free series of 3 webinar trainings

  • Family Communication: annual Family Information Guide, Monthly Family Newsletter and daily take-home item

  • Music:
    annual Circle Time CD and monthly theme-based, new genre children’s music CD + lyrics and movements (also in mp3 format)

  • STEM:
    Play-based science and math investigations, games, experiments and activities

  • Teacher Materials: Skill-based Teacher's Guide lesson plan book (also in Spanish), Planning Journal, Daily Lesson Plan Calendar, Theme Web, Calendar & Pieces, Skills Chart, Number Strip, Numbers & Letters

  • Additional Free Resources (marketing resources, book lists, certificates, coloring pages and more) created and uploaded monthly for members
  • 50+ learning tools inside each month including storybooks, math games, music CD, storytelling sets, science experiments, wall displays, art project supplies and math manipulatives. In addition, Daily Learning Extension Prompts suggest everyday items, natural objects and ideas for outside play. Yes. Research-based curriculum meets and/or exceeds all state and national standards as defined by Head Start and NAEYC. Discounts programs available. Pricing begins with one month, for one child: $60.99. Price increases by $4.50 increments for each additional child. Sizes available: 1 child-20 children or for 25 children. One Full Day Sample of Mother Goose Time Research-Based Preschool Curriculum and many free curriculum tools available at here. The MGT curriculum development team consists of early childhood education experts researching and writing early childhood curriculum for more than 25 years. The Mother Goose Time Executive Team partners with or serves the World Forum Foundation for Early Care and Education, Childcare Exchange Magazine, Youth Action International, Nexus USA Youth Summit, International Child Resource Institute and Great Start Collaborative, Michigan Department of Education and many additional regional preschool and childcare organizations.
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    Funshine Express Infants through 5 years old, summer kits for 6-10 years old. Daily theme-based curricula with lesson plans. Kits are mailed out monthly. They also have an online program Curriculum Guide with 250+ activities in Language/Literacy, Math, Science, Physical Development/Health, Social Studies, Music, Recipes, etc., 16 Art Projects per child, Practice Pages or Journals (your choice), and more! . Yes unknown Preschool curriculum kit starting at $49.50 per month (discounts available with prepay option). Starter Pack included FREE each year. Free Sample Activity available online here View a Sample Guide Page here Curriculum development team consists of early childhood education experts researching and writing early childhood curriculum for more than 35 years. All have classroom experience working with young children. Each member of the team holds at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and/or related field. In addition, several team members hold master’s degrees.
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    High Reach Infants-pre-K Learning Experiences Guide, Interactive Posters, Conversation Cards Integrates learning across all areas of the curriculum. Balances teacher-guided and independent center activities. Saves planning time with an average of 125 monthly activity ideas. Includes adaptations for individualization for mixed-age groups. Compliant with ECERS-R and NAEYC guidelines. yes yes $39.99 per topic unknown Each member of the development team holds at least a bachelor's degree in early childhood and/or related field. Several members of the team hold master's degrees as well. Equally important, all members of the product development team have real world classroom experience working with young children
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    Creative Prek unknown Each Volume Includes: 12 Weeks of Daily Lesson Plans Each Theme includes five daily lesson plans Circle Time Messy Table Cut & Color Table Creative Art Outside Games And Activities no unknown $34.95 + $5.00 (S/H) sample lesson plan unknown
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    Funsteps Funsteps program for 3 to 5 year olds and Twosteps for 2 to 3 year olds. unknown Each month's kit contains 12 full days of fun activitiesBoth include alphabet and number activities, 3 to 4 themes each month and holiday and special day activities. Crafts come packed in separate bags with all materials included and are different every year for 6 years. All materials for crafts projects and activity pages are included Yes $50.99 for Funsteps and $43.99 for Twosteps Full month's kit as a free sample 20 years of experience in publishing professional curriculum as Kapers for Kids and Funsteps; BA and MA in education; public school teaching and many years experience in family child care
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    Carol's Affordable Curriculum Jumping Kangaroo (Non-Christian) ages 2-6

    Tiny Tots (Non-Christian) ages 18 months to 36 months

    Son Shine (Christian) ages 2-6

    Little Disciples (Christian) ages 18 months to 36 months

    Baby Bear Infants

    Summer Curriculum (June, July & August)
    Activity for every day of the work week. Over half the month is crafts and the other half includes worksheets and other educational pages and projects. All the materials are included. All curriculums coordinate with each other. We do not rotate our curriculum every year is new. We adapt our curriculum with the Core Pre-K Standards. Easy to read instructional guide, which includes tips, essential skills, circle time discussion questions, provider calendar, provider newsletter, menu, recipe cards, songs, book suggestions, easy to follow instructions, visual examples, parent newsletter, progress report, plus more.
    • Alphabet letters
    • Numbers
    • Shapes
    • Colors
    • Opposites
    • Science Experiments
    • Math
    • Matching
    • Dot to Dot
    • Holidays
    • Birthday Calendar
    • Certificate
    • Story Book
    • Poster Packet
    • Large calendar and dates
    • Stickers
    • Song Sheet
    • Custom pack each order
    • Language Development
    • Creative Arts
    • Social & Emotional Development
    • Health & Safety
    Yes, all materials are included. Yes Jumping Kangaroo/Son Shine - starting at $13.70 plus shipping per month

    Tiny Tots/Little Disciples - starting at $12.85 plus shipping per month

    Discounts available with 3,6 or 9 month package.
    Full month as a free sample. Curriculum development team consists of early childhood education experts researching and writing children's curriculum for over 30 plus years. Carol heads the department and guides her team with the newest and latest educational development techniques. Carol was a licensed child care provider for over 14 years, worked with a Food Program Sponsor and inspected child care providers pertaining to the food program for 16 years, free-lancer speaker on many child care related topics, has a CDA certificate and created Carol's Affordable Curriculum for 17 years.
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    ChubbieCubbie's Customizable Curriculum! toddler and preschool Approx. 65-95 activities per month (depending on kit size). art & craft projects; songs & finger plays; science, cooking, & math: suggested stories & books; group activities; coloring pages; worksheets and booklets, special holidays, and more. optional unknown $19.95 for City Bears Kit & $15.95 for Country Bears Kit (Precuts, Copies, & Supplies extra). no Childcare Administration Certificate & ODHS 45-Credit Hour Certificate plus over 20 years working and volunteering with children.
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    Early Beginnings preschool unknown Language development, as well as thinking and motor skills. Interaction with other children through cooperative learning activities together with social skill awareness; i.e., good manners and appropriate ways to behave. Curriculum activities that foster a positive self-image in each child and facilitate in their intellectual, social, emotional & physical yes unknown $38 per child first month unknown Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    KidCrafters toddler; preschool Large printed lesson plans books & artwork CD; downloads. Print your own art pages, so the cost is the same regardless of how many children you care for. Easy to store the CD and use the activities from year to year. Curricular Areas & Features: Preschool program; Big Books (seasonal activities, Mother Goose, Readiness Skills & Toddler Activities), and Literature-based curriculum. Lesson plans are theme-based and contain ideas for art, cooking, science, math, finger-plays, music, large & small motor activities, and dramatic play. Artwork CD containing an average of 750+ pages for each month includes black & white and color art patterns, family notes, felt board activities, games, math manipulatives, flash cards and wall posters for alphabet - number - color - shape, two-color calendar cutouts to use for math & patterning activities, & other theme-related activities theme-based ideas for art, cooking, science, finger-plays, music, large & small motor activities, and dramatic playLarge (400+ page) file of black & white and color art patterns, family notes, felt board activities, games, math manipulatives, flash cards and wall posters for alphabet - number - color - shape, two-color calendar cutouts to use for math & patterning activities, & other theme-related activities no Yes. Curriculum meets and/or exceeds all state and national standards as defined by Head Start and NAEYC $17.50-$65.00 (s/h included); discounts available; download prices $1-$4 each Yes-on website & by email Our curriculum writers have degrees in early childhood and/or a related field. They have teaching experience in preschools and home-based environments with children of all ages.
    Curriculum Ages Form Curricular Areas & Features Materials Included? D.A.P Cost? Free sample? Qualifications of Preparer
    Pamm's House Curriculum Toddler-- 12 months through 36 months

    Preschool-- 2years through 5 years

    Package-- 12 months through 5 years
    Toddler--Weekly lesson plans, tips and menus with recipes PDFs, available monthly, quarterly or for the whole year.

    Preschool--Two weeks of lesson plans PDFs, available monthly, quarterly or for the whole year

    Package--Toddler, preschool, literature guides, Bible story guides, and cookbook PDFs, available for one year
    Toddler--Creative Activities, Special Toys & Games, Bible, Language, Sign Language

    Preschool--Bible, Letters, Math, Social Science, Science, Gross Motor Skills, Easy and Fun Summer Plans

    Package--Same as Toddler and Preschool, plus Bible and Literature Guides which include Language, Math, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Game, Sensory Activity, Music, and Pretend Play.
    no unknown Toddler-- $7.50 monthly, $20 quarterly, $50 year, or center license $100

    Preschool-- $9.50 monthly, $22 quarterly, $59 year, or center license $125

    Package-- Individual $110, Center License $225
    yes Pamm has over two decades of childcare experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and homeschooling including working at schools and owning her own childcare business. Pamm earned her AA in ECE in 1993.