Curriculum and Assessment

Every child is unique, and no two children develop and learn in exactly the same way or at precisely the same pace. That said, it is possible to accommodate individual learning styles and developmental progress within a comprehensive, flexible educational framework. We call this concept The Creative Curriculum.

The Creative Curriculum helps teachers develop effective lessons and activities based on the needs of the children they serve and a proven long-term educational plan. It also involves parents in planning for and appreciating their child’s growth and development. The Creative Curriculum helps children acquire social and learning skills at every stage of life, because it provides seamless transitions from the infant stage of development through the preschool years and into school-age enrichment.

The Creative Curriculum for infants and toddlers focuses on building relationships by fostering a sense of security and self-identity during the first 3 years of a child’s life. For preschoolers, The Creative Curriculum expands to cover literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, technology, diversity, and physical and cognitive development while continuing to support social/emotional development. In addition to the core curriculum, Inspire offers numerous rotating enrichment programs, including music, art, martial arts, and languages such as Spanish and American Sign Language.

In conjunction with The Creative Curriculum, Inspire teachers use the Developmental Continuum Assessment System to gauge children’s progress and plan effective lessons based on development in four key areas—social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language.

Program Transitions

Inspire is proud to offer a comprehensive care and education program that addresses the needs of children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. Based on age, developmental progress, and individual needs, children enrolled at Inspire may be able to transition from one program to another. In such cases the transition process is designed to be comfortable, positive, and appropriate for each child.

Rather than suddenly switching a child to a new room, teacher, and peer group, caregivers will gradually introduce a child to the new setting over the course of a few days or weeks. Some children adapt to a new program immediately, while others may need to build up to it through increasingly longer periods “visiting” a new group. In each case, caregivers will provide the continuity and encouragement children need to feel comfortable with these important milestones.