The International Preschool Curriculum® (IPC®) operates as a professional association of international educational institutions.
It was founded to strengthen and harmonize early childhood education standards. As a professional association that directly serves schools, learners, parents and governments, the IPC offers a unique set of products and services that promote active learning and effective practices in teaching.
Headquartered in the United States, the IPC’s objective and research based curriculum meets the standards set by state departments and accreditation organizations. The IPC is internationally recognized and works closely with governments to amend curricula materials if required to ensure local compliance.
With the assistance of an advisory committee, which consists of peers, consultants and academics, the IPC ensures that its curriculum maintains its rigor and quality.
The IPC also offers an extensive teacher training program designed by a former teaching fellow at Harvard University. The 6-month certificate course reinforces essential teaching skills and establishes a minimum standard for teaching practices in IPC schools.
The International Preschool Curriculum consists of 56 thematic units. All units encompass six trans-disciplinary content learning areas: (1) Language Arts; (2) Socio-Emotional Skills; (3) Numeracy; (4) Creative and Visual Arts; (5) Sciences; (6) Fine and Gross Motor Skills. The curriculum is based on proven and peer reviewed concepts that include play, inquiry and objective based learning styles.
There are five underlying themes and objectives of the IPC that are designed to cultivate critical thinking, raise self-awareness, promote an understanding of other cultures and encourage internationalism and multilingualism. The IPC takes the prevailing view that the first few years of a child's life provide a vital opportunity for development. The IPC involves family and parents wherever possible in understanding and facilitating the objectives of the organization.
The IPC was devised and developed by a team of experienced early childhood educators and academics.