Our Curriculum

The HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum is a part of HighScope’s complete, research-based system of early childhood education and care. 

Infant-Toddler Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs)

A. Approaches to Learning

Initiative: Children express initiative.

Problem solving: Children solve problems encountered in exploration and play.

Self-help: Children do things for themselves.

B. Social and Emotional Development

Distinguishing self and others: Children distinguish themselves from others.

Attachment: Children form an attachment to a primary caregiver.

Relationships with adults: Children build relationships with other adults.

Relationships with peers: Children build relationships with peers.

Emotions: Children express emotions.

Empathy: Children show empathy toward the feelings and needs of others.

Playing with others: Children play with others.

Group participation: Children participate in group routines.

C. Physical Development and Health

Moving parts of the body: Children move parts of the body (turning head, grasping, kicking).

Moving the whole body: Children move the whole body (rolling, crawling, cruising, walking, running, balancing).

Moving with objects: Children move with objects.

Steady beat: Children feel and experience steady beat.

D. Communication, Language, and Literacy

Listening and responding: Children listen and respond.

Nonverbal communication: Children communicate nonverbally.

Two-way communication: Children participate in two-way communication.

Speaking: Children speak.

Exploring print: Children explore picture books and magazines.

Enjoying language: Children enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs.

E. Cognitive Development

Exploring objects: Children explore objects with their hands, feet, mouth, eyes, ears, and nose.

Object permanence: Children discover object permanence.

Exploring same and different: Children explore and notice how things are the same or different.

Exploring more: Children experience “more.”

One-to-one correspondence: Children experience one-to-one correspondence.

Number: Children experience the number of things.

Locating objects: Children explore and notice the location of objects.

Filling and emptying: Children fill and empty, put in and take out.

Taking apart and putting together: Children take things apart and fit them together.

Seeing from different viewpoints: Children observe people and things from various perspectives.

Anticipating events: Children anticipate familiar events.

Time intervals: Children notice the beginning and ending of time intervals.

Speed: Children experience “fast” and “slow.”

Cause and effect: Children repeat an action to make something happen again, experience cause and effect.

F. Creative Arts

Imitating and pretending: Children imitate and pretend.

Exploring art materials: Children explore building and art materials.

Identifying visual images: Children respond to and identify pictures and photographs.

Listening to music: Children listen to music.

Responding to music: Children respond to music.

Sounds: Children explore and imitate sounds.

Vocal pitch: Children explore vocal pitch sounds.