Instructional Resources

In 3-K for All and Pre-K for All, teaching staff integrate and respond to knowledge of children, child development, and content across the domains of learning to plan and adapt instruction, aligned to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and the Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC).

While programs may use any research based, developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the ELOF (3-K) and PKFCC (Pre-K), the NYCDOE Explorations and Interdisciplinary Units of Study (Units) are free resources available to all 3-K for All and Pre-K for All programs.

Explorations and Units follow the same scope and sequence, which is aligned to the NYCDOE Kindergarten Social Studies scope and sequence. The Scope and Sequence was created to reflect how children learn: from concrete to abstract, from inward (self) to outward (the world).

If you are not a 3-K for All or Pre-K for All provider, send an email to prekinstruction@schools.nyc.gov to request permission to use this curriculum or any portion thereof. Please indicate the following:

  • The name and location of your school or program;
  • Which units you would like to use; and
  • How you intend to use them.

Units of Study: Instructional Guidance for Pre-K

The Division of Early Childhood Education has developed a series of interdisciplinary Units of Study for Pre-K for All. This research based resource was created in collaboration with researchers and support student learning in all domains using developmentally appropriate practice.

  • There are 10 Units total, each designed to last about a month.
The ten units within the scope and sequence of the school year.

Foundational and Supporting Text Lists

The Unit foundational and supporting texts can be purchased through Booksource/GL Group.

District Schools and Pre-K Centers, to order these books through FAMIS, visit shopdoe.com and enter these codes.

NYCEECs, to order these books through booksource.com, complete this order form. This form is not digitally accessible as it is intended for download. Please download the form to complete your book order request, then scan and email the completed form to service@booksource.com.

Additional resources to support the use of Units:

Explorations: Instructional Guidance for 3-K

Grounded in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, Explorations provide instructional opportunities for 3-K for All teaching staff, children, and families to connect, explore materials, and learn together. Explorations invite engagement in comprehensive, in-depth, play-based learning across domains. Topics and activities in the Explorations begin with routines and the classroom community then progress to more abstract ideas throughout the year.

Explorations are grounded in research on developmental expectations as described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (ELOF), which outlines the skills, behaviors and concepts programs foster as they engage with our youngest learners. By using the three Explorations as written, programs will support all of the preschool goals included in the framework.

The three Explorations are designed to be implemented in 3-K for All classrooms over the course of the ten-month program year.

The scope and sequence of the units of study for Explore programs.

Explorations Book Collection

There is one book list for Explorations. The complete book collection for 3-K for All Explorations can be purchased through Booksource/GL Group.

District Schools and Pre-K Centers, to order these books through FAMIS, visit shopdoe.com and enter: 9780833593122.

NYCEECs, to order these books through Booksource.com complete this order form. This form is not digitally accessible as it is intended for download. Please download the form to complete your book order request, then scan and email the completed form to service@booksource.com.

Additional resources to support the use of Explorations:

  • Planning Template
  • Explorations Materials List (coming soon)
    • Exploration One
    • Exploration Two
    • Exploration Three

NYC Pre-K Explore

Sites participating in NYC Pre-K Explore implement the Building Blocks math curriculum in conjunction with the NYC Interdisciplinary Units of Study. Sites receive the necessary curricular resources as well as two years of targeted coaching support.

The Explore Pacing Guide maps the Building Blocks curriculum and the Pre-K for All Interdisciplinary Units of Study to the 2018-19 program year. This calendar is an essential tool in making sure that classrooms stay on track with the curriculum, coaching is effective and teachers are able to complete the entire curriculum in a timely manner. Occasionally, adjustments may need to be made to meet the needs of individual classrooms; work in conjunction with your Explore coaches if adjustments are necessary.

There are specific Units for programs participating in Explore:

Foundational and Supporting Text Lists

Unit foundational and supporting texts can be purchased through Booksource/GL Group.

District Schools and Pre-K Centers, to order these books through FAMIS, visit shopdoe.com and enter these codes.

NYCEECs, to order these books through booksource.com, complete this order form. This form is not digitally accessible as it is intended for download. Please download the form to complete your book order request, then scan and email the completed form to service@booksource.com.

Additional resources to support the use of Explore Units:

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