The Creative Curriculum® is research-based and supports the development of the whole child. High-quality, comprehensive resources empower educators to intentionally teach and care for our youngest learners during the most critical and formative years of development.

The Creative Curriculum® is…

Innovative: delivering cutting-edge resources that are unique, effective, and based on the latest research.

Responsive: including solutions that address educators’ challenges and help create a responsive learning environment.

Supportive: providing robust guidance to support each educator’s professional journey.

Comprehensive: aligning to all state early learning guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

Developmentally Appropriate: promoting learning experiences designed for each age-group and flexibly tailored to each child’s needs with high-quality, research-based resources.


Social/Emotional Development ▼

1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors
2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships
3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

Physical ▼

4. Demonstrates traveling skills
5. Demonstrates balancing skills
6. Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills
7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

Language ▼

8. Listens and understands increasingly complex language
9. Uses language to express thoughts and needs
10. Uses appropriate conversational and communication skills

Cognitive ▼

11. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
12. Remembers and connects experiences
13. Uses classification skills
14. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

Literacy ▼

15. Demonstrates phonological awareness
16. Demonstrates Knowledge of the alphabet
17. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
18. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
19. Demonstrates emergent writing skills

Mathematics ▼

20. Uses number concepts and operations
21. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
22. Compares and measures
23. Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

Science and Technology ▼

24. Uses scientific Inquiry skills
25. Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things
26. Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials
27. Demonstrates knowledge of Earth’s environment
28. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks

Social Studies ▼

29. Demonstrates knowledge about self
30. Shows basic understanding of people and how they live
31. Explores change related to familiar people or places
32. Demonstrates simple geographic knowledge

The Arts ▼

33. Explores the visual arts
34. Explore musical concepts and expressions
35. Explores dance and movement concepts
36. Explores drama through actions and language

Language Acquisition (Spanish) ▼

37. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding Spanish
38. Demonstrates progress in speaking Spanish
Read about how The Creative Curriculum aligns with Minnesota Early Learning Standards.