Approved Curriculum

Currently, all child care centers, family child care homes, and family child care facilities applying for Tier II quality status will need to use a curriculum from the appropriate approved list to meet Tier II standards.

The West Virginia Infant/Toddler Specialist Network, along with staff from Early Head Start, developed the infant/toddler list of approved curricula for use with children ages birth to 3 years. Many curriculum frameworks were reviewed using specific criteria to establish a list of curricula that are developmentally appropriate to the ages served and that are linked to the WV ELSF for Infants and Toddlers.

For child care centers applying for Tier II quality status, the approved curricula are:  Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, second edition, revised 2011 and Tender Care and Early Learning—Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Settings, second edition, 2011.

Many of you are familiar with Creative Curriculum and may be using it with your preschool classes.  Tender Care is part of the HighScope curriculum series that is also on the preschool list of approved curricula.  Either choice will allow you to have a seamless curricula program for birth through age five.

Curricula for family child care homes and facilities have also been reviewed and approved based on criteria developed to ensure best practice and developmentally appropriate care.  When applying for Tier II quality status, family child care homes  and facilities may select from Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care or HighScope for Family Child Care in order to meet Tier II quality standards.

For more information on curriculum and how to use it, contact your local Infant/Toddler Specialist

If you have questions or need further information, contact Elizabeth Teel by email at or by phone at (304) 352-4557.