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Curriculum Overview for Families
CUCCC uses a research-based curriculum that aligns with the Iowa Early Learning Standards for children; infant through 5 years old. The Creative Curriculum® gives our Teachers a developmentally appropriate framework to help each child succeed. Teachers observe children based on 38 objectives then use this information to plan and individualize learning for each child in their class. The objectives cover learning in the following developmental and learning areas: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, and the Arts.

  • At monthly curriculum workshops, teachers learn how to facilitate children using The Creative Curriculum® approach. Teachers also share lesson plans and ideas with other Teachers within their same age level.

  • New Teachers are paired with a mentor Teacher for their first 6 months at CUCCC.

  • Teachers share information with families daily, as needed, and twice per year at conferences.

  • CUCCC students leave ready for kindergarten and beyond.

CUCCC Assessments Used

BRIGANCE Developmental Screen - Familiar teachers will look for basic information to make sure your child is on track developmentally. The items that they look for vary depending on the child’s age. A graph will be shared with you to show where your child is developmentally. The information from the Brigance is used for a child entering the center or new classroom for their teacher to be able to teach to your child. Please ask your child’s teacher to know specific details of your child’s Brigance. Possible observations include: physical conditions, use of eyes, handedness, attention to task, interest level, confidence level, assurance of response, and links number with quantity.


The Creative Curriculum® - GOLD® - The Creative Curriculum® looks at how each child (birth to age 5) is progressing in each of the following developmental areas; Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, and the Arts. The assessment covers 38 objectives and how the child meets each of these within their age level norms. This assessment system is a way for your child’s teacher to find answers to these questions:

1. What does this child know, and what is he or she able to do?

2. How does this relate to important objectives for development and learning?

3. How do I help this child build on what he/she already knows?

4. Is this child making progress?

5. How do this child’s skills and behaviors compare to those of most children in his or her age-group (based on research)?

6. How can I summarize what I know about this child and use it to plan and communicate with others?


Each part of the cycle requires teachers to undertake a different task:

1. Observe and collect facts through observations and documentation.  Written observations from home are encouraged

2. Analyze and respond to children by considering skills in relation to specific objectives and then scaffolding their learning.

3. Evaluate by comparing a child’s skills and behaviors to research-based indicators of learning and development.

4. Summarize, plan, and communicate, making use of the collected information to plan experiences and share with others.


DECA Assessment (3-5 year olds only) - After observing your child, teachers will complete a social-emotional questionnaire. The questionnaire shows the child’s strengths in the three protective factor areas; Attachment, Initiative, and Self-Control. Teachers use the results from the DECA assessments to plan activities to build each child’s protective factors. Protective factors are important to building resilience and the ability to bounce back through any circumstance in a child’s life.


Results from these assessments will be shared with you on a Strengths, Goals and Strategies sheet at conference time. Your child’s teacher will happy to share additional information with you at that time.

  • Teachers attend monthly meetings with other teachers to collaborate and plan for the best experience for the children through our assessment systems.

  • Children are assessed through observation throughout their typical days with familiar staff.

Confidentiality is important to us. Only people in the following positions will have access to your child’s assessments:

  • Teacher and Assistant Teacher - In order to complete assessments and use to plan for your child’s individual needs.

  • Administrators - In order to assist teachers in completing the assessment cycle successfully. In order to document results to better implement the assessment system. Once results are documented, your child’s results will be used with other children’s results without names attached to them.

Our goal is for you and your child to have a successful and fun early childhood experience. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.


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