The International Preschool Curriculum, IPC, is a professional association of more than 100 schools worldwide, founded to strengthen and harmonize early childhood education standards.

Students are taught from a curriculum that is research, objective, play and thematic based, peer-reviewed to ensure veracity and effectiveness, and updated periodically for relevancy. Parental involvement is a key component of IPC schools and parents receive a newsletter coinciding with every thematic unit being taught to their child. The IPC organization is internationally recognized and meets or exceeds the curricula requirement for every country, however, when necessary, the IPC works closely with governments to modify curricula materials to ensure local compliance. 

How will the IPC benefit my child's education?

The IPC currently features both an Infant and Toddler Curriculum, designed for children ages 6-36 months, and a Preschool Curriculum, designed for children ages 3-6 years. These curricula are research, objective, play and thematic based, and were developed by the IPC Academic Team. Each thematic unit covers the IPC 6 Content Learning Areas: Language Arts, Numeracy, Creative Arts, Socio-Emotional, Sciences and Motor Skills, and features at least one activity from each to ensure that your child’s brain and skills are developing wholly.

The IPC also provides several learning aides per thematic unit. These learning aides include student workbooks, flashcards, worksheets and much more. A selection of Emergent Literacy is offered to each IPC school, containing books mentioned within the Preschool Curriculum, to enhance each student’s learning and reading ability. Finally, the IPC has developed a phonics program, Robin Phonics, which is designed to teach preschool students the basics of spelling, reading and writing.

Parent Involvement

Through extensive research, the IPC has concluded that family involvement, especially parental, in a child’s education is extremely vital in fostering the development of early learning skills that are also essential in later life. We therefore encourage parents to engage their child in everyday learning activities. The IPC provides, for the parents of each child in every IPC school, a parent newsletter which corresponds with the IPC thematic unit that your child is being taught in school. This newsletter is designed to give parents an overview of the unit’s theme, the activities that your child will be participating in, the content areas that are being targeted as well as the objectives that are being assessed. The parent newsletters also feature a variety of activities that can be done with your child at home, and correspond with the thematic unit being taught at school to further encourage understanding. 

The International Preschool Curriculum® was developed to raise international ECE standards by adopting and implementing proven research, much of which has only recently become available. The IPC believes that due to the progressive nature of education, the best forms of education continue to evolve. Therefore, in order to recognize the latest advancements in brain research, pedagogy, motor development, nutrition, and psychology the IPC seeks to incorporate these elements wherever possible. The IPC also draws influence from several recognizable and established philosophers and psychologists, some of which are listed below.

The IPC timeline of influences


Key Characteristics of the IPC:

•    Objective Based – The curriculum has clearly defined objectives which are designed to facilitate assessment and highlight areas of student progress or concern;

•    Inquiry Based – Limited aspects of inquiry based education designed to spark and maintain interest levels;

•    Play Based – By making learning fun, children are exposed to a learning environment that is second nature;

•    Developmentally Appropriate – The IPC believes that all children develop at varying paces not necessarily defined by age;

•    Family Involvement – The IPC believes that families should be at the center stage of their child’s education;

•    Content Learning Areas – 6 content learning areas and approximately 20 subjects ranging from agriculture to mechanics;

•    Peer reviewed - All materials are reviewed by academic peers to ensure rigor;

•    Updated Regularly – As a living document, the IPC regularly edits and refines its curricula materials. New units to strengthen core skills are added annually;

•    International – As a curriculum that was designed with an international audience in mind, the IPC has a special focus on internationalism, multilingualism and diversity.

The IPC is influenced by several philosophers and schools of thought. 

The IPC student

The IPC student is expected to achieve a minimum standard in each of the six content learning areas. The IPC believes that children will develop at varying paces and therefore structures its learning objectives into three distinct levels.

We are an IPC school

Content learning areas

All 56 thematic units of the IPC cover at least 5 of the 6 content learning areas.  The content learning areas (CLA) provide holistic coverage of the US common core standards.  There are several subjects that form part of the CLAs including ranging from agriculture to internationalism.