The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Early Childhood Curriculum Project provides guidance to early childhood programs about curricular resources for preschool children that are State-recommended because they are aligned with the State’s prekindergarten and kindergarten curricular frameworks, also known as the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.  The recommended list of resources also aligns with Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth through Three Years of Age.  The State-recommended curricular resources also align with selected pedagogy standards of the guidelines of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.


The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a MSDE recommended curriculum and Smarty Pants has used it for almost 20 years.  It aligns with Maryland Model for School Readiness, which also contributes to our framework of planning.


About Creative Curriculum

Our program uses The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, a comprehensive, research-based curriculum, which features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical-thinking skills. We’ve chosen this curriculum because it focuses on the skills and knowledge that are most important for helping your child to be successful in school. Throughout the year, The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool will help us plan learning experiences that are just right for your child, so that he or she can make progress at his or her own pace.

So, how does The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool support your child’s learning? It’s based on 38 objectives for development and learning that focus on all the areas that are most important for school success: social–emotional, cognitive, math, literacy, physical, language, social studies, science and technology, and the arts. These objectives are built into every activity that happens in the classroom, which means that all day long, the teacher is helping your child build skills and knowledge in these important areas.

In The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, learning happens through studies. Studies, which span several weeks, are in-depth, project-based investigations of topics that are part of your child’s everyday life. They feature topics like trees, buildings, clothes, and balls. In a study, children raise questions about the topic and find answers by exploring, experimenting, and investigating in a hands-on way—through activities that take place in the classroom and outdoors. Through studies, your child will learn important math, literacy, science, and other skills.

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool also has support, built into every experience, for children who are English-language learners and children who have special needs. This helps to ensure that every child can participate in classroom activities and can be successful. There are also many opportunities for families to become involved in what’s happening in the classroom. Your child’s teacher will let you know about the different ways you can be part of these learning experiences. We hope that you’ll participate whenever possible and help to build the important connection between home and school. 

We look forward to sharing more information with you as the year continues. We’re sure that with the help of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, this is going to be a great year! 


The Creative Curriculum for Preschool:

  • summarizes the latest theory and most up-to-date research about children's development and learning.

  • discusses the five components of teaching children effectively: how children develop and learn; the learning environment; what children learn; caring and teaching; and partnering with families.

  • offers sections on guiding children's behavior and teaching intentionally and responsively.

  • provides expanded content for supporting dual-language learners

  • includes dedicated volumes for math and literacy.

  • defines and incorporates 38 objectives for development and learning that are predictors of school success and tied to state early learning standards



Est. 1999