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Anew Dimension Child Enrichment Center

1819 Minnehaha Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 339-2333


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Teachers have a BA or BS Degree in early childhood or elementary education and the average retention of staff is ten years, therefore the program is solid in early childhood education practices. Teachers are masters in behavior management techniques using reflective listening techniques, modeling and teaching social skills, structuring environments, interactions between lead and support, using praise and choices and consequences, verbal interactions, etc. Because there is virtually no turnover in the lead teacher positions and the staff is well trained, we are able to individualize for each child. The classrooms have very low teacher-child ratios. Teachers write individual plans for each child based on his or her strengths and weaknesses. These plans are developed with parent input so that readiness skills can be identified and addressed. The parents also implement a literacy plan developed for each child. Our children have scored very well on the Beginning Kindergarten Assessment administered by the Minneapolis Public Schools. We use an eclectic curriculum mix borrowing from different venues. Developmentally Appropriate Practices, takes a developmental approach to learning in each classroom and Anti-bias Curriculum which focuses on a non-discrimination. The Creative Curriculum approach is used in the development of interest areas. All these curriculums are well documented as standard best practices.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Our own unique Imagination Theatre Curriculum is also being developed and used. Recent research in the neurosciences substantiates the efficacy of art-based learning methodologies. Dr. Norman Weinberger, a scientist in the Department of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory a the University of California at Irvine, suggests that “Art education facilitates language development, enhances creativity, boosts reading readiness, helps social development, increases general intellectual achievement, and fosters positive attitudes toward school” Teaching With the Brain in Mind, Eric Jensen (1995, p 6.)

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers write individual plans for each child based on his or her strengths and weaknesses. These plans are developed with parent input so that readiness skills can be identified and addressed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Anew Dimension is a unique and accredited (NAEYC) early education program serving 78 children ages 6 weeks to 10 years of age. Each classroom at Anew Dimension has a unique and specialized curriculum developed by our early-childhood educators. In addition, Anew Dimension is also proud to offer a monthly theatre experience, as well as a variety of extra-curricular arts programs. Children receive weekly instruction in the areas of music, poetry, multi-cultural story-telling, theatre and movement. Our state of the art building houses seven beautiful and well designed classrooms, an onsite early education theatre, and both an indoor and outdoor playground. Anew Dimension is well know throughout the city as one of the highest quality early education programs, with excellent academics and a wonderful and strong focus in the arts.

A Typical Day

The program is accredited by NAEYC. Anew received the highest possible rating in 98% of the categories in which we were validated. The environments are set up into interest areas in each classrooms: art area, easel, book area, dramatic play, table toys, block area, puzzles, sensory table etc. The teachers plan weekly changing interest areas using the extensive rotation toys and library sources found at Anew. This concept is based on the Creative Curriculum model that encourages children’s learning by allowing them to explore and make discoveries using concrete material that are of interest to them.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A monthly newsletter is distributed to parents each month with highlights of the Anew activities. Quarterly we hold a family event that encourages parent/child interactions. Quarterly we hold a family breakfast that encourages good nutrition and family style eating. Parents are encouraged to join their child in the monthly field trip or participation in the monthly theater experience. These family oriented events have also included the United Way sponsored events such as “Disney on Ice”. We had a 98% participation in that event.
We have a parent’s bulletin board at the entrance to the classroom which highlights important information.
We have a highly developed parent handbook which includes our philosophy, goals and approach as well as policies and procedures.
Informal communication with parents is an everyday activity which occurs naturally when children are brought to the program and picked up.

In depth parent conferences provide time for more in-depth exchange. Parents are encouraged to participate in the parent/teacher conferences, which are held every 4-6 months. Parents fill out and discuss with teachers their child’s ASQ assessment. This assists parents in learning the ages and stages of their child’s development which enables them to assist in getting their child ready for kindergarten.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We assist parents with the transition by encouraging visits prior to the start date. We have strong nurturing skills and comfort and assure children with anxiety about the return of their parent. Parents may stay or return early to assist their child through this transition.