At Hillcrest Kids Early learning we have chosen to follow the Creative Curriculum approach to Early Childhood Education. We believe this curriculum encompasses our mission and philosophy the best way and holds fast to our motto “We Play at HK rain or shine!”
The Creative Curriculum is based on the past 75 years of childhood and learning studies. It employs research-based developmentally appropriate practice, which, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) “provides children with opportunities to learn and practice newly acquired skills. It offers challenges just beyond the level of their present mastery and it takes place in the context of a community where children are safe and valued, where their physical needs are met, and where they feel psychologically secure.” (Bredekamp & Copple 1997, pp. 14-15, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool 2002, p. 1)
Children attending kindergarten in the Bellingham Public Schools receive instruction through a nationally renowned learning method known as High Scope. This method is based on the philosophy that children should be actively engaged in their own learning. Because Creative Curriculum and High Scope have similar approaches to early learning, the transition from our Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten should be seamless and complementary.
Click here for an interactive tour of Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers.