The Early Learning Program uses recognized curriculums to plan and implement developmentally appropriate practice which is consistent with our mission, philosophy and objectives; and is friendly to the diverse families we serve including the special needs child.
The core of our curriculum is drawn from Creative Curriculum® that is aligned with the Connecticut Framework and Benchmarks. Creative Curriculum® allows teachers to plan based on children’s interest and incorporate the diversity of their children and their teaching styles; thus, making the curriculum work for everyone and creating a classroom where children thrive.
Connecticut Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Framework are used to observe and measure child progress, guide instructions and individualize teaching strategies to maximize learning experiences. Child progress reports are shared with parents during the parent / teacher conferences held 3 times a year. With parents’ permission these progress reports are forwarded to the child’s kindergarten teacher upon graduation from the Early Learning Program.
A “Kindergarten Club” is established each January for the children preparing to enter school the following fall. K Club members will hear transition stories, which will elicit questions and responses to potential situations; they will also attend cognitive-oriented events, and explore higher thinking skills.
In addition to using the Creative Curriculum®, children are guided to find creative and non-destructive ways to settle conflicts and live in harmony through the Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids developed by Peace Works / Peace Education Foundation. Children are encouraged to develop compassion, trust and sense of fairness and reverence for life. To give children sound health and nutrition education, Early Learning Program, Inc. uses the “The Great Body Shop” curriculum created by The Children’s Health Market. This innovative system presents health and safety concepts in stories, learning centers, and music.
It is our belief that a combination of positive discipline and developmentally appropriate guidance help children to cultivate self-discipline. The ELP strives to provide a program that fosters the healthy development of a child’s self-esteem, self control, and respect of others in a trusting and secure environment.
Our program believes in...
- setting developmentally appropriate limits that are consistent, fair, and logical
- encouraging children to use words to describe their feelings, to help themselves and each other to find solutions to problems
- being positive role models, modeling appropriate behaviors for the children
- using genuine praise and attention for appropriate, positive behaviors
- giving specific feedback regarding their behaviors
- redirecting and ignoring inappropriate and negative behaviors, when appropriate.
The Early Learning Program believes that all children need caring adults in their lives who take an active interest in their learning. When parents are involved, children do better.
Parents are encouraged to stop in and participate as much as possible.
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