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Programs

Commerce Kids follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) guidelines for curriculum development and implementation. As such, we believe that our curriculum:

  • Must keep children active and engaged.
  • Is organized around the principles of child development.
  • Must be implemented in a way that valued content is learned through investigation, play, and focused intentional teaching.
  • Builds on prior knowledge and learning experiences.
  • Is comprehensive. The curriculum encompasses critical areas of development, including children’s physical well being and motor development; social and emotional development; approaches to learning; language development; cognition and general knowledge; and subject matter areas such as science, mathematics, language and literacy development, social studies, and the arts (more fully and explicitly for older children).

Our curriculum includes programs provided by the following professionals and subject matter experts:

Gymnastics: Power Tots provides a weekly 30 minute gymnastics class for children ages two years and older. Over the course of the year, children learn forward rolls, backward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, roundoffs, and walkovers. Children gain experience with the following equipment: parallel bar, barrel mat, crescent mat, vaulting blocks, springboards, wedge mats and balance beams.

Music and Movement: As age appropriate, children in all programs participate in weekly music and movement classes. CDCDC contracts with three different music and movement teachers to provide these services. We believe this offers an appreciation for various styles of music.

Appreciation For the Arts: An integral part of our curriculum is the study of The Arts. We seek to expose children to the works of a variety of painters such as Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso, etc. We also explore a variety of musical artist and composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Miles Davis, etc. As age appropriate, children also attend live performances at the local children's theater.

Character Counts!: The Character Counts! curriculum is an integral part of our program. Through this curriculum, children learn about trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Study Trips: We believe that it is important to take advantage of our neighboring resources. Children regularly visit museums, art galleries, libraries, parks, and monuments located in downtown Washington, D.C.