Bakersfield Parent Nursery’s curriculum is based on The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool.  It is a comprehensive, scientifically based early childhood curriculum that has been shown to improve cognitive and social/emotional outcomes in young children. It is linked with a valid and reliable assessment instrument.

The Creative Curriculum is based on the latest research on how children learn best and has been shown through experimental and quasi-experimental studies to improve classroom quality and promote the school readiness of preschool children. The Creative Curriculum meets all of the standards put forth for effective early childhood curricula by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE).

2-3 Year Old

Color and shape recognition

Movement activities to develop large muscles

Literacy concepts such as book awareness, can sit and enjoy a story, begin to recognize how characters feel in the story, weekly library visits to On-Site Free Library

Math concepts such as sorting, sizes including big and small, tall and short, positional words including on top, below, next to, and under, exploring opposites including hot/cold and hard/soft and counting to 10

Enjoys dancing, fingerplay, and dramatic play 

Develop small/fine muscle skills through use of playdough, tweezers, sponges, manipulatives and starter scissors (no loops)

Weather concepts and what you should wear for the weather

Animal sounds and fun facts about different animals. 

Acclimate to a school environment including the ability to leave parents for the day,  ask for things they need, use manners, develop their sense of empathy, and build friendships. 

Explore arts through creative material including painting, collaging, and sculptures. 

Engage in sensory and science exploration, including playing at the water table, using funnels, tweezers, and spray bottles, making hypotheses, testing, and building vocabulary to describe what they saw. 

Hands-On Garden Program


Alphabet recognition and beginning sounds

Math concepts include counting numbers 1-30, recognition of numbers 1-10, 1-1 correspondence, sorting and classifying objects, size comparison including small, medium and large, short, tall, positional words including on top, behind, in front, inside, below, next to and under, directions including knowledge of right and left. 

Explore opposites like hot/cold, hard/soft, empty/full, dirty/clean, wet/dry, and young/old. 

Develop scissors and small muscle skills through the use of playdough, scissors, hole punches, cool-shot glue guns, tweezers, sponges, manipulatives, and spray bottles 

Early listening/story time includes developing the ability to make inferences in the story, tell how a person feels, come up with solutions and alternate endings, and tell the parts of the book and sequence of events.   

Following simple classroom instructions, follow 3 step instructions, 

Exploring arts through creative material including painting, collaging, and sculptures. 

Develop social/emotional skills, develop empathy for others, become a part of a classroom, understand that their choices impact others, build friendships, learn how to listen to and address other adults. Can ask for a turn and accept the answer, can respond to someone that asks for a turn. 

Handwriting curriculum that includes Handwriting Without Tears and a fine motor journal. 

Science and sensory exploration with a curriculum based on life and earth sciences.  Explore things in nature including plants, insects, planets and people. 

Hands-On Garden Program

Develop a love of reading with daily in-class library time with high quality books,  weekly library visits to On-Site Free Library

Enjoys dancing, singing, fingerplays and dramatic play 

Learn fire safety and who to call during an emergency 

Learn basic personal information including full name, birthday, phone number, and parent's names 

Work on patterns including AB, and AABB 

Rhyming words including cat/hat, fox/box, and wig/jig

Shows a sense of responsibility for their belongings and their environment including their backpack, lunch pail, and water bottle, cleaning up the classroom/playground, and taking care of personal needs such as toileting, handwashing, and opening/closing lunch. 

We strive to make sure to provide as many learning opportunities so that your child meets the California Preschool Learning Foundation Standards. Feel free to click the links below to view what the State of California feels is important for preschool students to learn and know. For quick reference- go to page 186 in volume 1 and page 117 in volume 2. 

Please keep in mind every child develops at their own rate and has their own unique personality and needs. This is a guide to help us teachers provide enriching opportunities for your child to develop in these areas. The best thing you can do to help your child grow into a well-rounded child is to spend time with them, listen to them, help them regulate their emotions, give them responsibilities, and provide opportunities for them to be kind to others (all different others), and READ, READ, READ. Make reading fun and enjoyable. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please reach out to your teacher or the director.