Prekindergarten Program

PreK Curriculum for 4-5 year olds

KinderCare Early Foundations® Prekindergarten Program

Prekindergarten is a time when children are making connections between what they know and what they are learning. As they leave the world of preschool and head towards kindergarten, children are learning to participate in routines, demonstrate ability to make decisions, and plan ahead.

The prekindergarten curriculum at KinderCare is designed to help children continue to make decisions on their own and in the classroom. We prepare four- to- five-year-old children for the next stage of their education while giving them a place to feel comfortable and safe to explore their interests.

According to a statewide kindergarten readiness assessment, more students that attended prekindergarten at KinderCare tested fully ready for kindergarten than their non-KinderCare classmates.* A higher percentage of KinderCare children ranked as top performers in Language/Literacy (14% more), Mathematical Thinking (18% more), and Scientific Thinking (11% more).

KinderCare creates its prekindergarten curriculum and programs to align to approximately 140 learning standards that progress sequentially across six developmental domains. These include:

  • Cognitive Development
  • Creative Expression
  • Executive Function
  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Physical Development and Wellness
  • Social and Emotional Development

K-12 standards and early learning standards from several states helped inform the scope and sequence of our learning standards, and they’re backed by experts in each domain/content area.**


Our holistic approach in the prek classroom engages young minds with the early learning fundamentals they’ll need as they continue on to kindergarten, with a rich blend of skills, interests and a love of learning.


Our Prekindergarten Program Features

  • Activities and lessons that help prepare your child for kindergarten and school success
  • Small-group lessons focused on mathematics, Spanish and literacy
  • Whole-group activities that help your child build an awareness of others and a sense of community
  • Hands-on experiences that encourage independent, creative learning
  • Classroom activities and design features that help your child build literacy and numeracy skills
  • Regular teacher-family communication, including ways to connect your child’s learning at home

KinderCare Early Foundations Prekindergarten Curriculum

A guide to your child’s early education

Discover how our six areas of focus give your child endless opportunities to learn and grow.

Communicating with Others
KinderCare helps your child improve important language skills.
We use daily journal activities to practice writing skills; help your child's early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teach basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and develop phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books, and puzzles.

Building Brain Power
We prepare your child to reason and analyze.
We encourage the use of the senses to explore different materials; create opportunities to ask and answer open-ended questions; experiment with spatial relationships; and promote an understanding of sequencing such as first, next, and last.

Making New Friends
We provide opportunities for your child to practice social and emotional skills.
We use character-building activities to help identify emotions; have group discussions to practice sharing ideas, thoughts, and feelings; and provide opportunities to cooperate, negotiate, problem-solve, and make independent choices.

Growing a Healthy Body
We help your child refine motor skills.
We use lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills; strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities; improve balancing skills using hula hoops and balance beams; and offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals.

Nurturing Creativity
We encourage your child to think and create.
We provide numerous opportunities for your child to represent ideas through drawing and writing stories; invent unique dance moves; use props to dramatize stories; and express independent thinking and expression through art and music.

Developing Lasting Life Skills
We help them find the answers for themselves.
We encourage your children to think through and solve problems by investigating, estimating, and testing solutions; build daily outdoor activities into the schedule designed to get your child thinking and moving; and give your child many choices to participate in activities that interest and challenge them.


Your Prekindergartner’s day
Time Description
8:00 am

Arrival and Breakfast

Children participate in quiet activities and eat breakfast. As children finish breakfast, they can visit learning centers or participate in individual or small-group activities until most children have arrived or are finished eating.
9:00 am

Morning Group Time

Teacher brings the group together for morning routines like calendar, sharing, and discussion of the day's activities.
9:25 am

Learning Centers and Small-Group Activities

Children choose activities in the following learning centers: blocks, creative arts, dramatic play, library, math and manipulatives, science and sensory, and writing. Teachers implement small-group activities, focusing on skill-building activities and observational assessment.
11:00 am

Group Time

Children come together to listen to a daily read-aloud and/or to finish or repeat activities from the early morning group time.
11:15 am

Outdoor Play

Children participate in structured outdoor activities designed to promote connections to the in-class curriculum.
11:50 am


Children wash hands, help set the tables, and prepare and eat lunch.
12:30 pm

Group Time

Teachers read aloud to the children as they prepare for rest time.
12:45 pm

Rest Time and Quiet Work Time

Most children nap or rest quietly. As children wake from rest time, they can select from a variety of quiet choices, such as manipulatives, drawing and writing, books, or the listening center.
2:15 pm

Learning Centers

Children choose from activities in the literacy, library, math, blocks, science, sensory, dramatic play, manipulatives, and creative arts learning centers. Teachers implement small-group activities with a few children at a time, focusing on literacy and mathematics skill-building activities and observational assessment.
3:00 pm

Afternoon Group Time

Children come together for an afternoon featured activity and closing routine.
3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Outdoor Play

Children select from a variety of outdoor activities.
4:15 pm

Learning Centers or Small-Group Activities

Children select from a variety of activities that are easy to clean up, such as books, listening center, and manipulatives.


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* A 2010 Johns Hopkins University study indicated that kindergartners who were “fully ready” for school showed higher achievement on the 3rd grade Maryland School Assessment (MSA). Learn More > 

** The following subject-matter experts were contracted to review each developmental domain/content area:

  • Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D (All Developmental Domains/Content Areas)
  • Carol Copple, Ph.D. (Cognitive Development)
  • Joan Isenberg, Ed.D. (Creative Arts)
  • Susan B. Neuman, Ed.D. (Language and Literacy Development)
  • Stephen W. Sanders, Ed.D. (Physical Development and Wellness)
  • Philip Zelazo, Ph.D. (Executive Function)
















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