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.