The Creative Curriculum is an award winning and research-based curriculum developed by Teaching Strategies.  The curriculum has evolved over the last 25 years and is updated and expanded with each edition to incorporate the most current research and best practices to help children thrive. The curriculum is based on 38 objectives for development and learning and supports children from birth through kindergarten.

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A “Whole Child” Approach

Our “whole child” approach to development ensures every student receives opportunities to develop emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. Our program includes a commitment to educational excellence offering a variety of developmentally sound learning centers including music, library, and science. Most importantly, a highly trained staff with teacher-to-child ratios far below the state requirement.  Our program is highly successful. Kindergarten Preparedness Surveys confirm that parents overwhelmingly believe HWCEC has effectively prepared their children for kindergarten. At HWCEC, we are in the business of preparing children for success.

Child Care vs. Early Childhood Development

“Child care” focuses on the basic needs of young children. “Early Childhood Development” focuses on basic needs and the child’s overall development.

This consists of:

  • Physical development
  • Social/emotional development
  • Cognitive development
  • Language development

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Research and experience tell us that to be effective with young children, teaching practices need to be “developmentally appropriate”. What this means is simply that educators need to think first about what young children are like and then create an environment and experiences in tune with those characteristics. Early childhood is a time of life that is quite different from adulthood, and even from later school years. Children 3 – 6 learn far better through direct interactive experiences than through just listening to someone talk. They learn extraordinary amounts through play and exploration. The younger a child is, the more what he/she learns needs to be relevant and interesting on the day he/she learns it, not just in the context of some future learning.


Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled three times a year.  Additionally, conferences may be scheduled any time throughout the year.  At the conferences we summarize this information and share it with you at parent-teacher conferences.

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Boys with Xylophone