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Hours and Location
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
UW Oshkosh Lincoln Hall
608 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh,WI 54901-8632

Contact Us
Phone: (920) 424-0260

Susan Finkel-Hoffman, Director

Roberta Dorgan, Assistant Director and Early Childhood Music Specialist

Julie Dey, Administrative Assistant


The Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive research based curriculum designed to help educators at all levels of experience plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, content rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels.

The 38 research based objectives are the heart of the curriculum and define the path teachers take with children in their classroom. They inform every aspect of teaching, include predictors of success and are aligned with state early learning guidelines and the early Learning Framework. The objectives cover 10 areas of development and learning including; social-emotional, physical, cognitive, literacy, science and technology, social studies, the arts, mathematics and English language acquisition.

The Creative Curriculum offers children opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery that builds lifelong critical thinking skills and fosters confidence.

The Children’s Center also offers weekly Adventures in Music classes to all children, taught by an early Childhood Music Specialist. This program is a creative learning music and movement program using a reach based curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for young children. The activities touch all areas of child development; language and literacy, small and large motor skills, social and emotional growth, pattern recognition and mathematical skills, as well as basic music skills. All areas are positively impacted through these music classes. Please ask your teacher for the current music schedule for your child’s classroom.


Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards

The Wisconsin Model early Learning Standards specify developmental expectations for children from birth through entrance into first grade. The standards reflect the domains of a child’s learning and development. The domains include health and physical development; social and emotional development; language development and communication; approaches to learning: cognition and general knowledge. Each domain is divided into sub-domains which include developmental expectations, program standards, performance standards and developmental continuum.

Based on research and supported by evidence based practices, the Wisconsin Model for early Learning Standards provide a framework for families, professional and policy makers to:

  • Share a common language and responsibility for the well-being of children from birth to first grade.
  • Know and understand developmental expectations of young children.
  • Understand the connection among the foundations of early childhood, K-12 educational experiences and lifelong learning.

Guiding Principals

  • All children are capable and competent.
  • Early relationships matter.
  • A child’s early learning and development is multidimensional.
  • Expectations for children must be guided by knowledge of child growth and development.
  • Children are individuals who develop at different rates.
  • Children are members of cultural groups’ hat share development patterns.
  • Children exhibit a range of skills and competencies within any domain if development.
  • Children learn through play and the active exploration of their development.
  • Parents are children’s primary and most important caregivers and educators.

The Wisconsin Pyramid Model for Social and Emotional Competence

The early years of life present a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for healthy development. It is a time of great potential and of great vulnerability. The first years are shaped by relationships the child has.

Pyramid Model is an evidence based prevention/intervention framework that prevents challenging behaviors and promotes healthy social and emotional development by supporting positive relationship[s, crating engaging environments, providing concrete teaching strategies and if/when needed, creating individualized interventions for children.

Pyramid Model is a way to enhance quality of care and promote optimal well-being for all children, it give us evidence based practices to ensure a heathy foundation for future success.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies is a dynamic early childhood education company that provides the most innovative and effective curriculum, assessment, professional development and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through kindergarten. Teaching Strategies has been supporting the critical work of early childhood educators for over 25 years.

The Children’s Learning and Care Center uses both The Creative Curriculum and the Teaching Strategies Gold assessment tool to build a strong foundation that helps ensure children’s success in school and in life.