TODDLERS: Rooms 107-108
ELM Early Learning Matters Curriculum
The Early Learning Matters (ELM) Curriculum is a comprehensive, evidence-informed program to support the optimal learning and development of children from birth to five years of age. The curriculum promotes skills linked to school readiness and life success with developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and a coordinated mix of staff-guided and child-initiated learning experiences.
ELM was developed by a team of early childhood experts led by Distinguished Professor Douglas Powell. This work occurred in Purdue University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies for the Department of Defense Child Development Program as part of the DoD-USDA Partnership for Military Families.
ELM is based on results of rigorous research, standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and consultations with nationally recognized early childhood experts. Extensive review of outcome research was conducted to answer two questions: What early childhood skills are linked to later positive outcomes, particularly indicators of school readiness? What early childhood classroom practices significantly support the development of early childhood skills linked to later positive outcomes for children? Experts in the care and education of young children and a range of stakeholders were consulted throughout the development of the curriculum.
LEARNING EXPERIENCES: "Investigations"
The teachers and students at KOCO investigate topics of interest throughout the school year. In lieu of a traditional lesson plan, each class decides what they already Know about a particular topic, discuss what they Want to know about the topic, and then they devise learning experiences to help them Learn (K-W-L model). Topics for early childhood investigations are ideally quite simple; recent investigations topics have included Hands, Apples, Balls, and Shoes.
Ideas generated by each "investigation" are webbed collaboratively; the web becomes a "living document", to be added to, changed, and otherwise revised as the investigation progresses. Students control the depth and length of each investigation (topics of great interest may generate investigations of a month or more!).
Visit Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for Early Childhood Education to learn more about Investigations-style learning experiences.
TODDLERS: rooms 107-108
Ages 2 - 3 years old
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Standard Program Hours
6:30 am – 7:00 am Early Opening
4:1 ratio of students to teachers
Individual cots for naptime
Stimulating room environment
Music, books, toys, art, fingerplays, TLC
Wooden Story Nook
Curriculum supports Connecticut Early Learning & Development Standards (CT-ELDS)
Infant-Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) compliant
Enrichment Curriculum includes American Sign Language, Story Kitchen, Literacy Program
Outdoor grassy play area right outside the door
Parents provide food, beverages, diapers, wipes, spare clothes, bedding
Administrators certified in CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration
Weekly visits from Health and Educational Consultants
Weekly Second Step Social-Emotional Program
Birth-to-Three consultations as needed
Quarterly enrichment visitors
Daily notes (phone calls always welcome!)