Early Childhood Curriculum Project

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Early Childhood Curriculum Project provides guidance to child care and other non-public early childhood programs about curricular resources. The project is designed to work as a support for pre-school aged children before they start their school careers.

The State-recommended resources for four- and five-year old children are aligned with Maryland’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten curricular frameworks, also known as the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. For birth through three-year-old children, the recommended resources align with Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth Through Three Years of Age (PDF). The State-recommended curricular resources also align with selected pedagogy standards of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

The current recommended list of curricula include:

  • Robert-Leslie -- InvestiGator Club (ages 3, 4, and 5) 
  • Frog Street Inc. -- Frog Street Preschool (age 4)
  • MacMillan/McGraw Hill -- Little Treasures (age 4)
  • McGraw-Hill Wright Group -- DLM Early Childhood Express (ages 3 and 4) 
  • Success for All -- Kinder Corner and Curiosity Corner (ages 4 and 5) 
  • Teaching Strategies -- Creative Curriculum for Preschool (ages 3 and 4) and Family Child Care (ages 3, 4, and 5)

Click here for a chart showing each curriculum’s strengths (PDF)

Specifically for children birth to age 3, the State recommends:

  • Pearson: The OUNCE Scale
  • Teaching Strategies -- Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos

The OUNCE Scale helps caregivers and families monitor a child’s development. It has many approaches to collecting information, and methods for keeping track of accomplishments and includes family members in the assessment process. The Teaching Strategies curriculum has a clear organizational structure and a focus on routines and experiences. It translates research and theory from the field of early childhood education into a practical, easy-to-understand approach to working with children and their families.

The Curriculum Fund

In 2014, licensed early care and education programs were able to apply for funding to provide a State-recommended curriculum for children of ages 3, 4, and 5 through the Early Childhood Curriculum Fund. Due to the large number of requests, the Curriculum Fund is currently closed for new applications. Programs may seek funding for State-recommended curricular resources for children birth to age 3 for content-area specific curricula and for comprehensive curricula for 3, 4, and 5 year-olds through the outreach work of civic organizations (such as the Lions Club, Rotary Club, and the Knights of Columbus).

Programs that are now implementing a comprehensive curriculum for children ages 3, 4, and 5 from the 2010 recommended curriculum list are granted three years to transition to a comprehensive curriculum that is on the current 2014 recommended curriculum list. The 2014 curriculum fund could only be used to purchase materials from the updated list.

Individually Developed Curriculum Review

Programs/providers who are seeking to have individually developed curricula for infants and toddlers, and three, four, and five (kindergarten) year-old children reviewed and accepted by the Maryland State Department of Education in order to meet MSDE Accreditation and Maryland EXCELS standards may submit curricula and required documentation on or before May 6, 2016.  Only curricula that has been developed by the program/provider and is for the sole use of the program/provider may be submitted. There is no funding associated with this curriculum review.  If you have questions regarding this process you may email early.learningbranchesmsde@maryland.gov

Individually Developed Curriculum Submission Requirement and Documentation

Appendix A (Infants & Toddlers)

Appendix A (3-5 year olds)

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