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.
Here’s a sample of how, from our “My Home and Family” theme.
- Literacy and Math Activities
- Outdoor and Creative Expression Activities
- Spanish Vocabulary Activities
Literacy activities include identifying rhyming words and creating group stories on the flannel board. Math activities focus on positional words, identifying and creating shapes, and on measuring.
While outdoors, children will participate in fun and lively dances and activities, such as moving to the song “The Hokey Pokey” and performing the limbo. Children will also have opportunities to express themselves creatively while participating in pantomime activities and creating three-dimensional collages.
In this unit, your child will be introduced to Spanish words related to the home and family through songs, read-alouds, and active games and activities.
Curriculum: A guide to your child's early education
Discover how our 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.
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.
* 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)