Early Learning Curriculum

*NEW* 2024 Rhode Island Early Learning Curriculum Review and Endorsement for Vendors of Published Curriculum

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is issuing a Request for Curriculum to publishers of evidence-based, comprehensive and/or content/domain-specific curriculum for children ages three to five to align with the state's 2023 Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS) and other metrics of a high-quality early learning curriculum. Through submissions received, RIDE will publish a report for use by the field that will detail the review and scoring process, summarize the curriculum review findings, and determine a final list of curricula that is RIDE-endorsed. This report and the final curriculum endorsement will be used for the purpose of selecting curricula for use in licensed child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start programs, Local Education Agencies, non-public approved schools, and private schools. 

Important Documents:

Anticipated Timeline:

  • February 7, 2024: Request for Curriculum letter released
  • February 26, 2024: Deadline to submit questions to RIPre-K@ride.ri.gov
  • March 4, 2024: Answers to questions posted on the RIDE Early Learning Curriculum webpage.
  • April 5, 2024: Deadline for hard-copy and digital curriculum submissions
  • April - June, 2024: Curriculum review period
  • June 2024: Curriculum review outcome notification

RIDE is inviting early learning professionals to participate as reviewers of published, comprehensive and/or content-specific early learning curriculum. Through this process, reviewers will evaluate curriculum submissions intended for use in classrooms servicing children ages 3-5 years for alignment to the 2023 Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards and components of a high-quality early learning curriculum utilizing a RIDE-developed rubric.

Through this application process, RIDE will select approximately 5-10 early learning professionals to form teams that will independently review early learning curriculum submissions and meet jointly to determine final consensus scoring. Review assignments will be based on the number of curricula RIDE receives. Reviewers will be paid $500 per curriculum reviewed and can expect to review three to five curricula depending on the number of curricula submissions RIDE receives. Review work will approximately occur between April 8, 2024 - June 3, 2024.

To ensure the curriculum review process is holistic, we welcome applications from professionals that represent a variety of roles in the early learning profession such as, but not limited to: Preschool/Pre-K General and Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten Teachers, Education Coordinators, Administrators, Professional Development and Technical Assistance providers, Itinerant Service Providers, and Higher Education Faculty.

Important Links:

RIDE Endorsed Preschool/Pre-K Curriculum

In March, 2021, the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) issued a Request for Information from publishers of evidence-based, comprehensive, and content/domain-specific curriculum for children ages three to five to align with the state’s 2013 Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS), as well as against a Department-developed rubric to demonstrate alignment to the expectations for high-quality curriculum in the state of Rhode Island.

Through submissions received, RIDE has been able to publish a final list of curricula that is RIDE-endorsed. The review and the final curriculum list will be used for the purpose of selecting curricula for use in child care centers, family child care homes, Head Starts, Pre-Kindergarten programs, and other early childhood programs across the state.

All relevant information pertaining to the 2021 Curriculum Alignment are linked below:

ENDORSED PRE-K CURRICULA

PUBLISHER

EDITION

YEAR ADDED TO RI LIST

Boston Public Schools, Focus on Pre-K

Boston Public Schools

N/A

2019

HighScope
(2012, with components from 2016-2018)

HighScope Educational Research Foundation

4th Edition

2019

The Investigator Club Prekindergarten Learning System (2022)

Robert-Leslie Publishing, LLC

3rd Edition

2021

Tools of the Mind
(2020)

Tools of the Mind

8.1 Edition

2021

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool
(2021, 2016, 2010)

Teaching Strategies, LLC

Guided Edition
6th Edition

2021
2019