Curriculum Components

The HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum is grounded in over 50 years of research, including the most up-to-date information on brain development. HighScope's child-centered approach supports active exploration of the physical environment and provides a routine that is consistent enough to create a warm, reassuring setting, and flexible enough to respond to children's individual needs and interests.

Find more information about the HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum by following the links below.

What, How, and Why We Teach

Our research-based, active learning Curriculum has been carefully designed to promote independent and creative thinking, decision making, and problem solving in children from birth through kindergarten. The HighScope Curriculum focuses on creating engaging classrooms and routines that encourage adult-child interactions and support children’s play with a variety of learning opportunities.

By applying intentional teaching methods that engage young children based on their level of interest and development, HighScope takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects while preparing children for later schooling and future success in life. This child-focused approach to early education achieves powerful, positive results.

Download What, How, and Why We Teach to learn more.

Curriculum Overview Video

See the HighScope approach in action and learn what makes the HighScope Curriculum unique.

Watch the overview video here.

Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs)

Each KDI is a statement that identifies an observable behavior reflecting a child's knowledge and skills in the six content areas of the HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum. Download the complete list of KDIs (in English and Spanish) below.



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