Our play-based and integrated curriculum is influenced by Missouri Early Learning Standards, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and current child development theory. We are inspired by the innovative public preschool system of Reggio Emilia, Italy, that emphasizes respect for each child and the child’s ability to influence his or her own learning. Children’s prior experiences, backgrounds and early theories are starting points for this inquiry-based education.
Our Family Center teachers work closely with Clayton kindergarten teachers and other district colleagues. These relationships support children's transition from pre-kindergarten, ongoing curricular development and teacher professional learning.
The Early Childhood Education curriculum framework includes five strands/units of study. Click on each of the strands below for a detailed description.