Curriculum

Nationally known for its forward-thinking, rigorously researched model, The Creative Curriculum® has been trusted for decades by early childhood educators across the country. It fully aligns with ZALA’s mission and goals, and focuses on providing responsive, intentional care while honoring and respecting the role of teachers and caregivers in helping children develop secure attachments and gain confidence as learners.

 

The curriculum components are designed to help every infant, toddler, and preschooler teacher build a supportive and engaging program. Our teachers are trained and prepared to use the Creative Curriculum in helping every child reach their full potential! Ask your child’s teacher today how and why they use the Creative Curriculum.

 

The table below shows how the Creative Curriculum aligns with ZALA’s goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based, self-regulation program that integrates social-emotional learning and discipline. The program empowers adults to consciously respond to daily conflict, transforming it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children. 

 

Conscious Discipline is a way of organizing classrooms around the concept of a family. Each member of the family, whether adult or child, learns the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communicating effectively, being sensitive to others' needs and getting along with others. 

 

The skills include composure, empathy, integrity, assertiveness, responsibility, the ability to make good choices and the ability to see the best in others.  Our teachers have received ten hours of Conscious Discipline training and would love to answer your questions. In addition, a plethora of information can be found on the Conscious Discipline website: www.consciousdiscipline.com

 

Ages and Stages Questionnaires - As you know, the first five years of your child’s life are very important. The ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2 have been used for more than 20 years to make sure children are developing well. It is called a screener, because it looks at how children are doing in important areas such as, speech, physical ability, social-emotional development, social skills and problem solving.​

As a parent or caregiver, you are the best source of information about your child. That's why these questionnaires are designed to be filled out by you. You will only need 10-15 minutes for each. It's quick and easy. Here's how it works:

  • You will answer each question “yes,” “sometimes,” or “not yet,” based on what your child is able to do now. Your answers help show your child’s strengths and areas where he or she may need practice.

  • To answer each question, you can try fun and simple activities with your child. These activities encourage your child to play, move around, and practice day-to-day skills.

  • After you complete the questionnaire, your child’s teacher will schedule a conference to share the results with you.

 

​You are an active partner in your child’s learning and development. By completing these questionnaires semiannually, you are making sure your child is off to the best possible start!​

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