Teaching Strategies for early childhood

Comprehensive. Evidence-based.
And so much more.

Congratulations Kentucky!
Your state has been awarded a Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant worth $24.9 M—and your program may be eligible to benefit.

What is the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Program?

The SRCL program is a federally-funded project that awards competitive grants to advance literacy skills—including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing—in children from birth through grade 12. The program is focused on disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English language learners, and children with disabilities. Learn more about the SRCL Program

Find out how Teaching Strategies can help you take advantage of Kentucky’s SRCL grant to build a strong foundation for your young learners.

Teaching Strategies' products align with SRCL grant priorities.



Provides Moderate to Strong Evidence

Evidence plays a central role in the SRCL grant. Your literacy program will need to be research-based, independently verified, able to plan and track children’s outcomes and align with your states’ comprehensive literacy requirements and local needs.


Our comprehensive, evidence-based approach is an intentional plan for success.

Every component is grounded in child development theory and scientific research, but we take it a step further. Our resources are not only research-based, they’re research-proven—validated in the field and shown to be effective by extensive research conducted by independent researchers. From multi-year efficacy studies to peer-reviewed journal articles and research foundation papers, our vast body of research and over three decades of experience prove that you can trust our products to help you deliver positive outcomes for all children.

In addition, our curriculum is fully aligned with your state's literacy requirements, and also with ESSA-level areas of focus. And Teaching Strategies’ GOLD® features state-of-the-art interactive reporting for teachers and administrators, allowing you to generate comprehensive reports that can be customized easily and shared with family members and other stakeholders.

Learn more:
Research Foundation: The Creative Curriculum®
Our Kentucky Educational Alignments


Aligns within a Birth through Fifth Grade Continuum.
You’ll need to align your program’s early language and literacy projects for children birth through age five with programs that serve children in kindergarten through fifth grade to help improve the success of school readiness transitions.


Our objectives inform a comprehensive plan to prepare children for Kindergarten and beyond.
Our 38 research-based objectives inform everything that we do. They enable teachers to see children’s development and learning along a progression from birth through third grade, and act as predictors of school success, based on school readiness standards.


Serves the Greatest Number of Disadvantaged Children.
Your program will need a high-quality plan that describes the methodology that will be used to ensure that the greatest numbers or percentages of children living in poverty, children who are English language learners, and children with disabilities are provided a foundation that supports school readiness, and transitions across preschool, kindergarten, and beyond.


We provide developmentally-appropriate instruction for every type of learner.
The Creative Curriculum® is an award-winning, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. It is developmentally appropriate for all children, supports English language learners, and provides guidance for children with disabilities. It offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction to meet the needs of all children, along with guidance that helps to build teachers’ knowledge about best practices.


Provides Opportunities for Professional Development.
As part of a local literacy plan, the SRCL program identifies the need for educators to develop and learn in support of their commitment to a high quality and developmentally appropriate practice.


At Teaching Strategies, we think of ourselves as a partner in your program's professional development training experiences.
We offer on-site training, regional training, and digital professional development resources for educators. Our goal is to ensure that your program is implementing solutions with fidelity and provide teachers with the tools they need to build a strong foundation for the children you serve.

Why Teaching Strategies?

Commitment to a strong start is ingrained in our history.
Our company history can be traced to the early 1960s and the emergence of early childhood education in the United States. It was then that Diane Trister Dodge, Teaching Strategies’ visionary founder, was deep in the trenches of Head Start in Mississippi, honoring a personal commitment to ensuring that every child has access to high-quality early childhood education.

Today, the company Diane built includes many staff members who are themselves former early childhood educators and administrators. A firsthand understanding of the challenges that early childhood educators face – and the respect for the critical work educators do – is at the core of every single Teaching Strategies product and service, and has remained a pillar of our brand from the start.


Teaching Strategies is the leading expert in early childhood education – because it’s all we do.
We’ve always recognized the importance of a strong foundation in early childhood education. In fact, it’s been our sole focus for over 30 years. Our unique commitment to early childhood – and early childhood only – has made us the leading provider of early childhood education products and services today. We’ve been trusted by the early childhood education community for 30 years for a reason, and we’re committed to the success of our partners and the growth of the children in their care.

The 38 research-based objectives are at the heart of everything we do and they define the path teachers take with the children in their classroom.
They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with state early learning guidelines. Our objectives for development and learning enable teachers to see children’s development and learning along a progression across the whole of the early childhood years.

The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning, including broad developmental areas, content areas, and English language acquisition. Many objectives also include dimensions that guide teachers’ thinking about various aspects of that objective and help clarify what it addresses.

The Criteria Report documents the research that went into the development of the 38 objectives. It includes an overview and rationale for inclusion of each of the development and learning areas.

View the report.

Research shows that The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is effective and it promotes children’s cognitive achievement.
Explore the effectiveness of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool. Our curriculum includes the latest research in the early childhood field, in order to help teachers and administrators to give children the best early childhood education possible.

Explore the effectiveness report.

Our Solutions Align with SRCL Comprehensive Literacy Requirements

Contact Your Representative today.

Lauren Conde

(301) 634-0818, ext. 1187


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