DJUSD Children's center incorporates research based developmentally appropriate curriculum and frameworks to meet the need of every child enrolled in the program. Our program uses creative curriculum. This curriculum aligns with the state of California learning foundations as well as the desired results developmental profile.

Anti-bias Curriculum: The focus of anti-bias curriculum is to create an environment in which we can celebrate the differences found in our classrooms. Our curriculum is designed to challenge biases and stereotypes that children encounter in their everyday lives.

Every child in our classroom is viewed as a unique individual.

The core components of our curriculum areas are aligned with the California Department of Education Child Development Desired Results for Families and Children (DRDP):

  • Helping each child develop a positive sense of self (self-esteem)
  • Fostering initiative; helping children to become inquisitive learners
  • Guiding social development; we help children develop the idea that school is a positive environment. Children learn that they can make friends and be part of a group.
  • Fostering internal control within children; we will be emphasizing social values in our classroom.
  • Guiding emotional development

Environment is a large part of children’s learning. Every session will have table toys for learning, a detailed schedule, and the following core components:

  • Outside area: Large motor skills & social skills developed through running, climbing, balancing, and organized games.
  • Art area: Creativity is fostered through using all sorts of materials. Fine motor skills, visual perception, and social skills are developed in the art area.
  • Reading area: Literacy and language arts are developed by reading. Illustrated stories are developed dictation.
  • Dramatic Play area: Children practice verbal and social skills through imitation and play
  • Block area: Children discover spatial relationships, size, shape, balance and practice problem solving and decision making
  • Science area: Children observe and experience science
  • Manipulative area: Manipulatives encourage hand-eye, fine motor control, size, shape, and relationship properties.

These areas stimulate the child’s natural curiosity. The environment will be arranged so that optimal learning can occur.