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Research-Based Curricula


The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Division of Early Learning (DEL) reviews curricula to determine whether they are aligned with the District of Columbia Early Learning Standards (DC ELS). Early care and education facilities are encouraged, but not required, to use curricula aligned with the DC ELS to provide a comprehensive educational program and use age-appropriate instructional practices in the implementation of that program. Licensed facilities that enter into and maintain a provider agreement for subsidized child care services with OSSE and/or participate in the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Funding Program (PKEEP) (5-A DCMR § 3501) are required to use, as the basis of their education programs, one of the following curricula aligned with the DC ELS and approved by OSSE:

  1. Building Bridges Toward Literacy (Scholastic, Inc.);
  2. Core Knowledge® (Core Knowledge Foundation);
  3. The Creative Curriculum® (Teaching Strategies, Inc.);
  4. Frog Street®;
  5. HighScope® (HighScope Educational Research Foundation);
  6. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pre-K®;
  7. Montessori®;
  8. Opening the World of Learning© (Pearson Early Learning);
  9. Scholastic Early Childhood Workshop; or
  10. Tools of the Mind®

Note: All early care and education programs are encouraged to use any curriculum listed above. Curriculum developers that are seeking approval of their curricula may go through the Curriculum Approval Process. If approved, the curricula will be added to the above list.

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