Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning

5 Clock Hours / 0.5 CEUs / $34.00

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Course Description

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Learn how to plan an exciting curriculum that promotes young children's development and learning. Learn ways to plan your curriculum to make your days with toddlers and preschoolers run more smoothly. This course includes guidelines for selecting activities. In this course you will study sample lesson plans and the elements that make them effective.

See the learning outcomes and topics listed below for more information on what is covered in this course

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Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning
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Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections. Click here to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.


NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

Learning outcomes

After completing Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning you will be able to identify guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning; identify state rules and regulations for program planning in early childhood facilities; indicate goals and strategies to promote young children’s development; identify steps necessary for lesson plan creation and evaluation; and indicate how the learning environment toys and play equipment relates to lesson planning.

Topics covered

  • What is developmentally appropriate curriculum?
  • Guidelines for curriculum planning
  • State regulations for program planning
  • Goals and strategies for children's development
  • Contents of lesson plans
  • Guidelines for selecting activities
  • Preparing, evaluating, and implementing lesson plans
  • Sample lesson plans
  • Developmentally appropriate learning environments
  • Selecting developmentally appropriate toys and play equipment   


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

What our students say about Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning:

"I love working from the book because I then still have the book to keep and refer to whenever needed to look up information to keep my daycare successful. The books are easy to work with and to follow along with and the information is easy to understand. I like that I can take my time and then test when ready. I have taken the online courses before and also love doing it that way but I will for sure use the coursebook again because I like that I can keep them filed for looking information up if needed." - Jefferson, Maryland

"I always enjoy my courses [Block Play, Sanitation for Disease Prevention, Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning, Making Learning Fun] and am grateful to be able to have the book version available again. Taking the tests and watching the videos on line make life so much easier for my schedule. It is a blessing. I will be setting most of the remaining courses aside now till fall/winter as life gets busy in the summer but I look forward to completing them and I have learned a great deal from all the courses I have taken. Much is a refresher, some is updated from what I once learned, and some of it inspires me. Thank you," - Iron River, Michigan

"The course was so empowering. I am a better person than before and already implementing what I learned." - Eskridge, Maryland

"I received my order very quickly and have submitted my responses. It was an interesting topic and I enjoyed the reading. Thanks!" - Bedford, Massachusetts

"Very helpful in determining what program to work for and how to design lessons! Thanks!" - Bend, Oregon

"Excellent course! I found it very informative. It’s refreshing to know that I can meet my training requirements during my regular 50 hour work week and not have to take an entire evening or Saturday to attend outside training. I will absolutely be a repeat customer and will recommend Care Courses to others!" - Ashaway, Rhode Island

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. If you fail to get a 70% on your second attempt, we will ask you to contact us at We will review your course and be in touch.

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