Children learn best by exploring and doing! There is no better curriculum to support them than HighScope™! This researched based curriculum was developed by Dr. David Weikart and influenced by the famed child psychologist Jean Piaget. HighScope expresses Dr. Weikart's goals for children to have high aspirations and a broad scope of interests. "Active Learning" is its core principle: a learn-by-doing or hands-on approach. Children learn through play and are helped by supportive teachers.
While HighScope may become increasingly structured as children age, the core elements do not change:
We focus on three areas to guarantee quality:
For external assessment of our program, we've selected two internationally recognized tools:
ITERS™ and ECERS™ consist of about forty items, scored from 1 to 7. The categories are Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Language and Reasoning, Activities, Interactions, Program Structure, and Parent and Staff Relationships. We have outside observers from other ECE programs come in to score us and give feedback.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) holds the highest standards for quality in early childhood programs in the United States. Colonnade Children's Center has achieved the honor of NAEYC Accreditation many times over with stellar scores. After compiling evidence to demonstrate meeting quality criteria, a national validator visits our school to corroborate it. Only programs that endure this demanding process and meet stringent candidacy requirements, have the true "mark of quality."
Children never stop growing, and neither do we! It is important to us that we stay on top of all new research in early childhood education. We quickly incorporated new state regulations and improved best practices from NAEYC. We believe in professional growth for our staff, so we make sure we provide ongoing training opportunities and support. We will continue to promise that our knowledge and skills will stay current, so we can deliver the best care and education for your child.