The learning program or curriculum in each of our classrooms is based on principles of child development, individualization for each child, and culturally relevant practices. Each classroom is arranged in a variety of learning centers to include blocks, table toys (manipulatives), dramatic play and housekeeping corner, art, science, math, literacy, sensory (sand and water), computer, music and movement, and outdoors. As experiences are planned for children in each of the learning centers, the teachers will take into account each child’s interests, strengths, needs, and family and cultural background.
Individualization of the program for each child is an important aspect of our program. Each child then has an Individual Child’s Plan that includes specific goals and strategies for accomplishing the goals. Individual goals for children are implemented within the daily learning program and supported by the family. Center staff and the parents on an on-going basis review this plan. In addition, the program uses a supplemental literacy curriculum. We understand the importance of early literacy skills and the relation to early school success.
The Second Step Program is used to support the social emotional development of the preschool children.