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Curriculum

Learning

We use Creative Curriculum to provide a framework for learning. Creative Curriculum is based on five fundamental principles:

  1. Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
  2. Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
  3. Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
  4. The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
  5. Teacher -family partnerships promote development and learning.

Druid Hills Child Development Center strives to provide a nurturing and safe environment for your family and meet your child’s educational needs.

Playing

Our approach to learning is informed by Jean Piaget’s theory of development. Play serves many purposes and provides an excellent vehicle for learning. By handling many different materials, children learn to observe, compare, sort, and sequence. Their knowledge grows as they experiment, make discoveries, and modify their current thinking to incorporate new insights. A recent study supports Piaget’s theory that play is linked to learning. When children were provided opportunities to engage in high amounts of child-initiated, free-choice activities supported by a variety of equipment and materials to explore, the study showed that at age 7 those children outperformed their peers who did not have such opportunities on cognitive and language tasks (Montie, Xiang & Schweinhart, 2006).—Research Foundation: The Creative Curricilum. Here at DHCDC you will see children in play through out the day in large and small groups, during classroom center time, outside, and participating in our extracurricular programs. Their time with us will be safe, educational, and fun!

Growing

Theory and four decades of research underscore the importance of a strong partnership between each family and the early childhood program. Numerous studies document the academic benefits to children of a family-school-teacher partnership. When families are involved, children do better. We have many formal and informal opportunities for you to be involved in our program. We have at least one formal parent event a month and parents are encouraged to be in the center and to participate with their children. Parents are also invited to meet with their child’s teacher twice a year for a parent/teacher conference where your child’s progress is discussed. We also have an active Parent Council that supports our center and staff through fund raisers and building a parent community. We want to see you here and to hear from you!