Curriculum Approval Process

The Michigan Department of Education Office of Great Start launched the curriculum approval process for Home-Based Family Child Care programs and Center-Based programs serving infants and toddlers.  Based on the review timeline, vendors were required to email an Intent to Submit form by August 20, 2021 and submit four (4) full sets of their curricula and supporting materials for review by August 27, 2021.  Curricula was evaluated by an expanded curriculum review committee (CRC), made up of early childhood experts including infant-toddler and home-based child care specialists. This committee includes members representing diverse perspectives and is responsible for ensuring a fair and thorough review of submissions. 

Rubrics designed for each group of curricula include evaluation criteria that align with the guidelines established for early childhood programs by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The rubrics are divided into five major areas: valid research, evaluation results, professional development, developmental appropriateness, and alignment to state standards.                             

Newly Approved Curricula

January 2022

Curricula were evaluated by the curriculum review committee (CRC), made up of early childhood experts including infant-toddler and home-based child care specialists. This committee includes members representing diverse perspectives and is responsible for ensuring a fair and thorough review of submissions. A total of five curricula were submitted for review and three were selected.

Newly approved curricula include:

  • Experience Early Learning: Mother Goose Infant Toddler Curriculum (Home-Based Curriculum)
  • HighScope: Home-Based Child Care (Infant-Toddler Curriculum)
  • HighScope: Infant Toddler Curriculum

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation rubric is designed to assess the quality of early childhood curriculum models for use in family and group child care homes and center-based programs serving infants and toddlers. It includes five major areas: valid research, evaluation results, professional development, developmental appropriateness, and alignment with state standards.

Curriculum Approval Process

This document explains how the state reviews and approves curricula for use with infants and toddlers and family child care settings as part of GSQ rating process. While written primarily to support curriculum vendors as they complete the process, the MDE encourages all partners to review the materials to better understand how the state considers comprehensive curricula.

Intent to Submit

This form was required to be submitted by August 20, 2021.

Curriculum Submission Checklist

This checklist guides what might be contained in submissions.

Rubric for Family and Group Home Curricula

This document was used to submit a curriculum for Family or Group Home programs.

Rubric for Infant and Toddler Curricula

This document was used to submit a curriculum for infant and/or toddler programs.

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