Our Curriculum

Child and Family Opportunities promotes a child centered, emergent approach to developing curriculum using High Scope as a foundation. We believe that the most meaningful curriculum reflects the real lives of children and their families, and encourages many various levels of play. The curriculum is respectful of, and sensitive to, cultural diversity and expects and appreciates individual differences. We believe that young children are active learners who need various opportunities for self-directed exploration and discovery, social interaction, and problem solving to support their individual growth and development and social competence.

Our teachers and caregivers plan a balance of child-centered, adult-directed activities. Activities are designed to use children’s interests to teach them core developmental skills in the areas of language development, literacy, pre-math and science skills, creative arts, social and emotional development, and physical health and development. Parents are an integral part of curriculum development at CFO. We believe that parents are children’s first and most important teachers. We value parents’ insight and knowledge about their children. Lesson plans are designed using the State of Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines as well as Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and are individualized for each child in all developmental areas.  Curriculum webs are developed and posted in classrooms to share with parents. In addition to Head Start Performance Standards, Child Framework and State of Maine Early Learning Guidelines, following are resources used in the development of CFO’s curriculum:

  • High Scope Curriculum
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice-NAEYC; Sue Bredekamp and Carol Copple, Ed.
  • Emergent Curriculum by Elizabeth Jones and John Nimmo
  • Reflecting Children’s Lives by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter
  • The Art of Awareness by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter
  • Anti-bias Curriculum by Louise Derman-Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force
  • Roots and Wings by Stacey York
  • Creative Curriculum and Connecting Content, Teaching and Learning by Diane Trister Dodge
  • National Head Start S.T.E.P. Manual, UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • Learning to Read and Write by Susan B. Neuman, Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp
  • Kidwatching: Documenting Children’s Literacy Development by Yetta Goodman and Gretchen Owocki
  • Prime Times by Jim Greenman and Anne Stonehouse
  • Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers by Janet Gonzalez-Mena and Dianne Widmeyer Eyer
  • Educating and  Caring for Very Young Children: The Infant/Toddler Curriculum, Doris Bergen, Rebecca Reid and Louis Torelli
  • Creating Child Centered Programs for Infants and Toddlers– Children’s Resources International, Inc. Elanor Stokes Szanton, Editor
  • Innovations: The Comprehensive Infant & Toddler Curriculum by Kay Albrecht and Linda G. Miller
  • Simple Steps by Karen Miller
  • First Art by MaryAnn Kohl, with Renee Ramsey & Dana Bowman
  • Games to Play Series by Jackie Silberg
  • As I Am produced by Child and Family Opportunities, Inc.
  • CFO Written Curriculum Plan and Resources