The curriculum which is used at the Child Development Laboratory is not a pre-determined and fixed set of information. Rather, it is an ongoing plan of action, based on the program philosophy and the individual children enrolled in the program. Each semester, head teachers cooperate to design a program of topics or themes. These are generally similar for all classrooms (i.e., Chinese New Year, Ponds and Puddles, etc.), but are implemented by each teacher to meet the needs of the children in that group. This topic outline also allows the many pre-professionals involved in the program to plan and prepare for their participation in the classroom.
Weekly lesson plans are written by each teacher. These are posted in the classroom for use by practicum students, and are available for observers of the program, including parents. Teachers' plans for the individual needs of children may not be posted, according to the discretion of the teacher.