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California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks


Created as companion volumes to the California Preschool Learning Foundations, the California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks present strategies for early childhood educators that enrich learning and development opportunities for all of California’s preschool children. The California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks include ideas for how to intentionally integrate learning into children's play; implement child-directed and teacher-guided activities; plan environments, interactions, routines, and materials that engage children in learning; and individualize curriculum based on children's knowledge, skills, needs and interests.

The frameworks were developed using an inclusive and deliberate input process, including statewide stakeholder meetings, public input sessions held throughout the state, public hearings and public comment. Input from the various review opportunities was considered and incorporated as appropriate.

California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1

The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1 (PDF; 9MB) is a companion to the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 1, and presents strategies and information to enrich learning and development opportunities for all of California's preschool children. Volume 1 focuses on four learning domains: social-emotional development, language and literacy, English-language development, and mathematics.
Page 303 (PDF); correction to print edition

The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1, can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099, or by ordering through the CDE Press Catalog Listings of Publications (Item Number 001682). The price of the publication is $24.15.

Marco de currículo preescolar de California, Volumen 1 (PDF; 4MB)
Spanish translation of the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 1

California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2

The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2 (PDF; 11MB) covers the domains of visual and performing arts, physical development, and health. This companion publication to the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Volume 2, gives guidance to teachers about strategies for arranging the learning environment, selecting materials, and planning adult-led and child-initiated learning experiences that optimize children’s development, learning, and overall well-being.

The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 2, can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099, or by ordering through the CDE Press Catalog Listings of Publications (Item Number 001716). The price of the publication is $24.15.

California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 3

The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 3 (PDF; 7MB) covers the domains of history-social science and science. This companion publication to the California Preschool Learning Foundations Volume 3, gives guidance to teachers about strategies for arranging the learning environment, selecting materials, and planning adult-led and child-initiated learning experiences that optimize children’s development, learning, and overall well-being.

The California Preschool Curriculum Framework, Volume 3, can be purchased from CDE Press by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-995-4099, or by ordering through the CDE Press Catalog Listings of Publications (Item Number 001733). The price of the publication is $24.15.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, January 22, 2016

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