Children in Action Motor Program for Preschoolers (CHAMPPS)
Early Childhood

An innovative way to get young children moving—and support development across multiple domains, CHAMPPS is the fun, effective, and research‐based motor program designed for children with diverse abilities in inclusive preschool classrooms. CHAMPPS uses universal design for learning strategies to increase all children's physical activity while supporting key school readiness skills.

Contains Companion Materials
54258 978-1-68125-425-8
2023 312
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Want an innovative way to get young children moving—and support development across multiple domains? Discover CHAMPPS, the fun, effective, and research‐based motor program for inclusive preschool classrooms. Filling the need for a school‐based motor program designed for children with diverse abilities, CHAMPPS uses universal design for learning strategies to increase all children's physical activity while supporting key school readiness skills, including social, language, and pre‐academic skills.


  • Builds essential motor skills. Through fun motor play activities, CHAMPPS teaches and reinforces key skills that are building blocks for many areas of development.
  • Strengthens school readiness. CHAMPPS builds in suggestions for developing school readiness skills across multiple academic and social‐emotional domains.
  • Engages every child. CHAMPPS uses UDL strategies to support the participation of all children—including children with disabilities, who often have motor delays.
  • Reflects evidence‐based practices. CHAMPPS is rigorously researched and informed by guidelines from NAEYC, DEC, SHAPE America, and other leading organizations.
  • Fits into any classroom or program. CHAMPPS is flexible and adaptable, with sample 21‐ and 28‐week schedules that help you adjust lesson frequency and length to suit your needs and the needs of the children in your care.
  • Complements other curricula that are widely used in early childhood settings, including AEPS‐3.


  • Charts with ideas for incorporating UDL strategies and school readiness skills
  • Activity variations to support inclusion and child engagement
  • Home Activities that enable families to do CHAMPPS activities at home
  • Walk‐Around Cards that summarize activities for quick reference during lessons
  • Visual Support Cards with illustrations that model key movements
  • Skill Leveling Guide for determining a child's skill level and modifying instruction
  • Wall posters that list the activities and songs in each CHAMPPS unit for easy reference
  • Guidelines for choosing books, videos, and classroom materials for motor activities

See how this product strengthens Head Start program quality and school readiness

About the Downloads
About the Authors
About the Contributors
Foreword  Bill Brown

Section I    CHAMPPS Fundamentals
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Supporting All Children's Motor Development

Section II    Get Moving: CHAMPPS Motor Skills Units
Unit 1 Foundational Skills: Body Awareness, Motor Imitation, and Visual Tracking
Unit 2 Walking and Running
Unit 3 Balance, Jumping, and Hopping
Unit 4 Catching
Unit 5 Throwing
Unit 6 Striking
Unit 7 Kicking

Section III    Additional Resources
Skill Leveling Guide
Classroom Inventory for Motor Play Materials, with Website Resources
Website Resources for Musical Motor Activities—Videos
Criteria for Selecting Physical Activity Music Videos
Criteria for Selecting Preschool Interactive Movement Books



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Mary McLean, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Florida - August 15, 2022
"Every once in a while, a new program is developed that is evidence-based, has all of the components needed to facilitate high-quality intervention and meets a significant need in the field. CHAMPPS is a perfect example of such a program. Originating from the early teaching experiences of authors Dr. Paddy Favazza and Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky, CHAMPPS provides access to a curriculum for early motor skills designed for children three to five years of age in inclusive settings with a focus on children with disabilities or delays and children growing up in underserved communities. To this point in time, teaching early motor skills has not been an emphasis in most preschool programs or in most teacher preparation programs. CHAMPPS provides lesson plans, instructional strategies, and the resources needed to intentionally teach early motor skills embedded within engaging activities. In addition, CHAMPPS includes home materials for partnering with families to promote the early motor skills of their children. With regard to teaching early motor skills, the time for change is now."
Cynthia Vail, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Special Education, University of Georgia - August 4, 2022
CHAMPPS is a comprehensive resource for preschool teachers to meet the motor develop needs of all children in their classrooms. It is an evidence based tool that incorporates best practices in early childhood; most notably embedding skills across developmental domains and UDL strategies.”
Tina Stanton-Chapman, Ph.D., Associate Director and Professor, Early Childhood Education and Human Development, University of Cincinnati - August 2, 2022
"This book provides an exceptional blueprint of theoretically grounded, evidenced-based motor practices that preschool teachers and other early childhood professionals can integrate into their daily curriculum. The CHAMPPS program has clear and achievable units with suggestions for realistic practice in UDL strategies, differentiation, adaptations and accommodations, and early literacy strategies. It is a valuable resource for both beginning and veteran teachers and professionals alike."
Diane Craft, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Physical Education Department, SUNY Cortland, New York - August 1, 2022
"The strength of the book is the detail with which the authors explicitly show how each physical activity can be linked to learning in other areas including language and literacy, social, math, science as well as school readiness skills. Other strengths are the UDL suggestions and ready-made information to share with families to encourage practice of motor skills at home."
This product has additional materials available on the Brookes Download Hub

  • Idea charts
  • Activitiy variations
  • Home activities
  • Walk-around cards
  • Visual support cards
  • Skill leveling guide
  • Wall posters