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The Creative Curriculum®

Our Curriculum Approach

For young children, meaningful and long-lasting learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. This is best accomplished through purposeful play facilitated by highly intentional teaching practices.  Our approaches to curriculum are based on an understanding of the complex social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children and the way children learn. 

The Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive, research-validated, integrated curricula that provides everything our program needs to achieve positive, consistent outcomes for children.  Our curriculum rests on a foundation of more than 75 years of scientific research about child development and learning theory that leads to specific instructional strategies based on how young children learn best. The Creative Curriculum takes what has been learned from theorists such as Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Howard Gardner, as well as recent research studies about language, literacy, and math development.

The Creative Curriculum allows teachers to:

- Meet children's social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development needs.

- Plan meaningful learning experiences for children that build on children's interests and knowledge.

- Integrate the learning of appropriate skills, concepts, and knowledge in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology.

Highly Trained Staff

At Tobyhanna Child & Youth Services (CYS), we use the standardized Department of Defense Foundation Training Program and On-going Annual Training with all CYS employees.  The Foundation Training Program covers the 13 functional subject matter areas that correspond to the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA).  Once completed, employees are prepared to complete their CDA.  The Foundation Training Program also entails annual requirements to learn First Aid and CPR, Fire Safety, Special Needs, Ethics, and learn about the standards which are unique to our installation in Tobyhanna, Pa.

Every staff member is required to complete the prescribed training program within 18 months and annual on-going training for all employees must be at least 24 Army Units and 24 State Hours annually. 

In addition, new staff must complete an orientation which includes army requirements and 15 hours of state requirements.  New staff also complete 16 hours of supervised work experience prior to teaching children and being counted in the staff-to-child ratios.  

Tobyhanna CYS also uses additional training and resources from PA Keys, Department of Public Welfare, Better Kid Care, and Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS).

A Training and Curriculum Specialist is responsible for planning the Training Program and he/she is on-site full-time.   He/she holds a BS in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and consistently monitors the quality of the early care and education in the classrooms.

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