How we developed the WeePlay Curriculum
We’re committed to giving all newborns the best possible start. That requires great parenting, and great parenting requires tools and resources that support sound, healthy growth. Decades of academic research have provided profound insights into the nature of early childhood development and learning. We’re turning those insights into practical, everyday approaches you can use to guide your wee one’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development from birth to age 3.
Easy to say, not so easy to do.
We first scoured publications from trusted, nationally recognized institutions with a simple goal: To catalog what a child needs to know, and know how to do, to be successful in preschool. During our analysis, we reviewed these and other documents:
- Ireton Infant Development Inventory and Child Development Review (CDR)
- MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDI)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children Early
- Childhood Program Standards (NAEYC)
- Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework (HSCD)
- Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines (CELDG)
- California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations (CITL)
- National Council for the Social Studies Curriculum Standards (NCSS)
- Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- The Science of Early Child Development by Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
We then enlisted the help of pediatricians, early childhood specialists, early language development experts and, of course, moms and dads as we identified which learning objectives to include in our budding pre-preschool curriculum.
Next, we sequenced these objectives by age appropriateness into a master blueprint titled “WeeSchool First Concepts Framework.”
Finally, the cool part was creating useful parenting tools in the form of a just-right, developmental milestones roadmap, fun and engaging learning activities, and best-in-class music, videos and books to share with babies and toddlers, helping you make sure your kiddo will be ready for preschool or Head Start when that time comes.
The WeePlay Curriculum develops these 102 concepts in fun, play-to-learn activities that prepare toddlers to succeed in Head Start or preschool programs.