Preschool Program

Preschool Curriculum for 3-4 year olds

KinderCare Early Foundations® Preschool Program

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations Preschool curriculum enhances that confidence by providing activities to help three- and four-year-old children become problem solvers and develop a love of lifelong learning.

Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, Spanish and social skills.

We're proud of the work we do. In fact, KinderCare creates its preschool 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.*


Add to this a healthy dose of running, jumping and movement to keep children active and you start to see why KinderCare is a true leader in early childhood education.


Our Preschool Program Features

  • Themed units that encourage your child's curiosity, increase confidence, and support self-directed activities
  • Hands-on experiences designed to boost problem solving and scientific thinking skills
  • Daily small- and whole-group activities
  • Observation-based assessments that track your child's progress toward developmental milestones and school readiness 
  • Portfolios that document growth and development through your child's work
  • Regular teacher-family communication, including ways you can continue the learning in your own home

KinderCare Early Foundations Preschool 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
We guide your child in developing communication skills.
We use a language-rich environment to encourage children's development of early literacy skills through activities like daily read-aloud of high-quality children's literature to promote a love of reading, journal experiences that give your child the ability to practice writing letters and words, and multiple opportunities to identify and use letters and words to expand their vocabulary and practice their developing abilities to communicate.

Building Brain Power
We help your child gain higher-level thinking skills.
We encourage the exploration of the physical properties of materials; use daily calendar activities to teach about sequence of events, patterns, and routines; and support the learning of cognitive skills such as counting, making predictions, testing, and drawing conclusions.

Making New Friends
We coach your child in developing strong relationships.
We model social concepts such as "please" and "thank you," have daily classroom conversations and community-building discussions, explore similarities and differences between children, and encourage cooperation with other children.

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, offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals, and encourage learning about the ways our bodies respond to the exercise and nutrition we take in.

Nurturing Creativity
We inspire your child to explore creative ideas and talents.
We encourage children to express themselves through creative arts and provide daily opportunities for children to paint, move, and sing, tell stories with puppets, and build and play in dramatic scenes.

Developing Lasting Life Skills
We develop real-time problem-solving skills.
We support the application of knowledge in new ways. We encourage curiosity and choice, provide children the opportunity to problem-solve, demonstrate flexibility (in thinking) and use daily routines to promote memory.

Your Preschooler'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 settle down for naps.
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 learning centers.
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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* 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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Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-6PM


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