Our preschool classrooms implement HighScope, a research-based curriculum that emphasizes active participation to promote children's development and learning. The five basic principles of HighScope include active learning, positive adult-child interactions, a child friendly learning environment, a consistent daily routine and team-based assessment.
The framework for understanding and supporting children's learning from ages 3-5 years is based on 58 key developmental indicators (KDIs), which are aligned with national and state early learning stands, Common Core State Standards, and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Learning is focused in the following eight content areas:
- Approaches to Learning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development and Health
- Language, Literacy and Communication
- Creative Arts
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies
We also use a holistic approach to social-emotional learning through Second Step, an evidence-based curriculum that fosters student's emotional intelligence, empathy and problem solving skills.
Our Early Childhood Specialist supports each of our preschool classrooms to implement curriculum with fidelity. Coaching support includes observation-feedback, modeling, goal setting and ongoing professional learning opportunities.