St. Mark Child and Family Development Center uses The Creative Curriculum – a curriculum based on its developmentally appropriate approach to learning and the philosophy that young children learn best by doing. It is a scientifically based, research-tested model with links curriculum and assessment.

The most important goal of The Creative Curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic, independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. We encourage children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts.

We teach them how to learn, not just in preschool, but throughout their lives by allowing them to learn at their own pace in the ways that are best for them and by helping them develop good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves,.

Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:


To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group.


To help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.


To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.


To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.

The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.