All programs at the Early Childhood Education Center follow the Missouri Pre-K Standards. The standards are broad descriptions of what most children should know and and be able to do by the time they enter kindergarten.  They are not a curriculum but a framework for communicating a shared set of expectations for preschool children.

For additional information on the Missouri Pre-K Standards, please see the Parent's Guide published from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education below for each developmental area.

Literacy Standards

Math Standards

Science Standards

Physical Development, Health and Safety Standards

Social and Emotional Standards


Creative Curriculum
The Creative Curriculum is a research-based framework to implementing preschool standards in a developmentally appropriate manner. Students are provided with small group instruction, large group instruction, structured play time, and individual instruction. The Curriculum provides a model for teachers on the types of materials to have in the Interest Areas and the amount of instructional time is required for each of the developmental areas. Additional information about Creative Curriculum can be found at

Jolly Phonics
Jolly Phonics is a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics, which means that there is a book, song, and finger movements to each letter sound to make it fun for the students to learn. Jolly Phonics is also used in the Park Hill Elementary Schools during the first six weeks of kindergarten. Students at the Early Childhood Education Center are exposed to this resource throughout the school year. Teachers spend one week on each sound and are able to spell their first word after the first three weeks of school. Additional information about Jolly Phonics is available at