The ECDC program recognizes all children grow and develop an their own pace. Our very experienced staff seeks to support children where they are while building the desire and confidence needed to explore and grow. Early childhood education is about providing "intentional" play-based opportunities, where social-emotional and kinder readiness skills are embedded into play-based experiences. Developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences are designed by teachers with close attention to children's interests support skill development within specific modalities. Our program believes in utilizing the classroom environment as the third teacher. Our classrooms are inviting and comfortable spaces that are creative yet not over stimulating.
Designed around the latest scientific early brain development research, this year-round program focuses on enhancing the simple joy of childhood while equipping caregivers to nurture curiosity through exploration. Frog Street Toddler, created by Dr. Pam Schiller, incorporates Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline® and includes 52 weeks of activity choices specifically created for children ages 0-6 years. Activity choices:
- Are organized around five developmental domains.
- Offer differentiated instruction options to meet the needs of all learners.
- Can be easily infused into daily routines, such as diaper changing, transitions, and outdoor play.
- Are designed with intention and purpose to move children forward in their development.
Big Experiences provide integrated learning opportunities and introduce children to new vocabulary, concepts, and skills. Big Day for PreK provides intentional instruction in all learning domains:
- Social-Emotional Development
- Oral Language and Vocabulary
- Emergent Reading
- Emergent Writing
- Social Studies
- Fine Arts
- Physical Development
Daily small-group instruction provides multiple opportunities for children to be actively involved in learning, developing skills with teacher modeling, guidance, immediate feedback, and support. Small group lessons focus on the most predictive skills: phonological awareness, alphabet recognition, and mathematics.
Each theme offers weekly activities for learning centers that extend the content from the Big Experiences. In Big Day for PreK, all learning centers are intentional, purposeful, and fun! Suggestions for materials, writing connections, and conversation support are provided for each center.
Big Day for PreK is organized into eight engaging and child-friendly themes. As the year progresses, the themes in this early-learning program broaden, and children begin to understand more about the world around them. The flexible content allows prekindergarten teachers to incorporate their own favorite themes into the classroom.