A valuable resource for early childhood professionals is the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In the NAEYC’s Position Statement on Curriculum, Assessment and Program Evaluation, they state that:
Curriculum is more than a collection of enjoyable activities. Curriculum is a complex idea containing multiple components, such as goals, content, pedagogy, or instructional practices. Curriculum is influenced by many factors, including society’s values, content standards, accountability systems, research findings community expectations, culture and language, and individual children’s characteristics.(p. 6)

This page contains information and resources that will help you select, implement and evaluate curricula.