Our Curriculum

St. Edwards Child Development Center programs specialize in “school readiness” activities that prepare children for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

St. Edward CDC teachers apply the best possible practices in early education into everyday practices in your child’s classroom. St. Edwards CDC purposefully studied and developed our learning curriculum based on the well-researched and nationally recognized The Creative Curriculum.

St. Edwards CDC aligns Creative Curriculum with The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS), designed for children birth to first grade.  The standards reflect the domains of a child’s learning and development. WMELS are designed to align with the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards.  Connecting these Wisconsin standards contributes to a more coherent, unified approach to children’s education.

St Edward CDC teachers develop individualized lesson plans that focus on your child’s natural interests and curiosity. Research shows that all children learn and benefit from developmentally appropriate practices. Our well trained childcare professionals take their cues from the interests of every child in their care. We follow these practices throughout our programs for all ages so that children experience success early, and often.

The most important goal of our early childhood program is to help children become enthusiastic learners.  This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts.  Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. 

Our curriculum encourages growth in language, cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Your child will have a warm, nurturing, and educational place to spend the day.

Main developmental areas addressed each week in our curriculum are:

  • Social/Emotional Development - connecting with others motivates a child to learn and provides them with a sense of who they are in the world.
  • Cognitive Development - involves the way children think and develop.
  • Language Development - includes understanding and communication through words both spoken and written.
  • Physical Development - a child’s gradual control over their large and small muscles. Children, ages 1 to 5, learn to work cooperatively in small groups to reach developmental milestones and school readiness through exploring and experimenting in our eight learning centers.
  • Creative Arts - teaches texture, color, design, motor control and promotes creative expression.
  • Library and Language - experiences which enhance vocabulary, listening and writing skills and early reading.
  • Math and Manipulatives - introduces problem solving, patterning, number concepts, order and fine muscle coordination.
  • Sensory Wet and Dry - encourages children to explore a variety of substances using their senses and enhancing math and science experiences.
  • Block Building - promotes learning of shapes, dimension, size, balance, construction and encourages cooperative play and creativity.
  • Music and Movement - offers creative experiences, teaches melody and develops large motor skills.
  • Science and Discovery - it’s all about the world around us. Opportunities are provided that will spark a child’s curiosity and wonder.

St. Edwards CDC uses individual child portfolios to document your child’s progress over time.  The portfolios are records of your child’s process of learning; what your child has learned and how he/she has gone about learning; how your child interacts intellectually, emotionally, and socially with others; goals for child outcomes; and artifacts and samples of your child’s work.