Curriculum Ideas

  • The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
    CSEFEL focuses on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country for promoting social and emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.
    (En Espanol y English)

    California Preschool Instruction Network (CPIN)
    The purpose of the CPIN is to provide professional development and technical assistance to preschool teachers and administrators to ensure preschool children are ready for school. Information includes extensive resources on the Preschool English learner, languange, literacy and mathematics. Please visit the website at

    Zero to Three
    is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

    Doing What Works
    Doing What Works is a website dedicated to assisting teachers in the implementation of effective educational practices.

    Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
    Online resources to help you further your research on literacy topics and gain new ideas to enhance children’s motivation to read. Resources for families are also available in English and Spanish.

    The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC),English Language Learners and Literacy Development
    Links to selected publications that have information for early care and education professionals who help English language learners develop language and literacy skills. 

    Eager To Learn: Educating our Preschoolers
    Eager to Learn synthesizes the newest research findings on how children between the ages of two and five begin the learning process. Conclusions and recommendations are presented in the areas of the teacher-child relationship, the organization and content of curriculum, meeting the needs of those children most at risk of school failure, teacher preparation, assessment of teaching and learning, and more. This can be downloaded or read on-line.

    Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    Bibliographic records of education literature, plus a growing collection of full text.

    Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research
    In 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) began the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) initiative to conduct rigorous efficacy evaluations of available preschool curricula. The PCER initiative focused on the impact of the intervention curricula on students reading and pre-reading, phonological awareness, early language, early mathematics knowledge, and behavior (including social skills and problem behaviors) at the end of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. This study focused on 14 preschool curricula.

    Recognition and Response
    Recognition and provides educators with information and resources to help early educators address the needs of young children (3 to 5 year-olds) who show signs that they may not be learning in an expected manner, even before they begin kindergarten and provides helpful resources to learn more about evidence-based practices in early childhood