RIELDS and Curriculum

                      Rhode Island Early Learning and Developmental Standards and Curriculum

The Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS)are used as our guide to what children should know, understand and be able to do as they enter Kindergarten.  These standards serve as the foundation for the States system of early care and education.  RIELDS meet or exceed nationally recognized criteria and are uniquely adapted for the children and families in the state.  They have been designed to guide curriculum and assessment, professional development and program standards, and to ensure children are offered every opportunity to make progress in designated domains of learning. the standards will also be used to support parents' understanding of key milestones in their children's early learning.

The standards have been derived from the latest research and public input.  By interacting with their world, young children make discoveries, figure out how things work, try new behaviors, learn social rules and sole problems.  High quality early learning experiences contribute to children's social, cognitive, language, artistic and physical development.

The standards include 10 domains:
Physical Health and Development
Social and Emotional Development
Language Development
Cognitive Development
Social Studies

The Curriculum that the South Kingstown Integrated Preschool uses is the Nationally known Curriculum called the Creative Curriculum.

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool forms the basis of our fully integrated program for 3- to 5-year-old children. Nationally known for its forward-thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched model, our unique approach helps our teachers and staff successfully plan and implement a content-rich, developmentally appropriate program that supports active learning and promotes children's progress in all developmental areas.


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. Four rigorous independent studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.Each found positive effects that range from improved classroom quality to stronger academic and social skills. Two of the studies that found positive effects were part of the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) grants sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Our program resources offer practical guidance on working with families in a meaningful and respectful way. Our resources for families offer fun, easy ways for them to interact with their children every day that will extend learning and send the message that adult-child relationships are the building blocks to success in school and in life.