The Arlitt preschool staff embraces a model for learning based on the work of developmental theorists, current research, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Division for Early Childhood Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) guidelines for best practices in early childhood education. While all teachers incorporate the constructivist teaching model, some are also influenced by the practices of Reggio Emilia. The curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of all children in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development. Curriculum materials are selected to facilitate children's construction of knowledge by encouraging them to explore, experiment, problem-solve, and share ideas with one another. Learning is supported through:

  • Naturally occurring play that encourages exploration and experimentation
  • Exposure to a print-rich environment, which facilitates literacy development
  • Interactions with teachers, parents, and other children of varying cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and interests
  • Participation in an environment that encourages critical thinking in all areas of the curriculum
  • Daily opportunities to explore art, music, and literature
  • Daily opportunities to engage in gross-motor play, both indoors and outdoors