Program and Curriculum Planning
The word “program” in early childhood education refers to “the
planning of the curriculum, which also includes the instructional
practices, the daily schedule, the routines for caring for children, and
the recreational activities, such as outdoor play” (Gadikowski, 2013,
section 4.1). Early childhood administrators are the instructional
leaders of their schools and oversee the planning of curriculum. For
this assignment, you will choose a particular age group (infants,
toddlers, or preschoolers) and outline a program that is developmentally
Please review the following website for an example of an early childhood program: Primrose School at East Lake (Links to an external site.)
In your paper:
- Explain how the role of the administrator is different from that of the teacher in program and curriculum planning.
- Describe the learning and developmental needs of your chosen age group.
- Analyze how your program will address the cognitive, social,
emotional, and physical development of children in this age group (give
specific curricular ideas for each area of development) as well as
classroom management and the daily schedule.
- Explain how your program aligns with the philosophy, vision, and mission statements you created in Week One.
- Discuss how your program aligns with NAEYC’s indicators of effective
curriculum, as outlined in Chapter 4 and found in the article, “ .”
The paper should be five to six pages in length, in addition to the
title page and the reference page. Use at least one scholarly source in
addition to your text and the NAEYC article. Your paper should also be
formatted according to APA style