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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers


Fostering an Environment

That Recognizes Each Child


Empowered Learning Transformation Centers Curriculum


The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers for Preschool translates new research and theory from the field of early childhood education into a practical, easy-to-understand approach to working with children and their families. It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear organizational structure and a particular focus on interest areas.


Theory and Research

Child development theory and scientific research are the foundation of The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers for Preschool. They inform decision making, influence our view of children, and are the basis for all the recommendations we've included.


    Abraham Maslow—Basic needs and learning

    Erik Erikson—The emotions and learning

    Jean Piaget—Logical thinking and reasoning

    Lev Vygotsky—Social interaction and learning

    Howard Gardner—Multiple intelligences

    Sara Smilansky—Play and learning

    Research on learning and resiliency

    Research on learning and the brain


Not only is every aspect of The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers based on sound developmental theory and evidence-based research, but numerous research studies have been conducted to validate its effectiveness.


How Children Develop and Learn

Knowing how children develop and learn is the basis for planning your program, selecting materials, and guiding children's learning. By knowing, we mean appreciating general patterns of growth in all children as well as the differences you will certainly encounter among individual children.


The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers enhances social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. Goals and objectives for each of these developmental areas are organized into The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5.


Because children do not master a skill all at once, each objective has three steps that illustrate the typical sequence of development. A special category called forerunners helps you look at emerging behaviors for each objective and enables you to assess all children's learning and development, including those with disabilities or developmental delays.


You'll find that The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5 is an effective way to focus your observations of children and document their progress in relation to the goals and objectives. This tool has been proven valid and reliable in a wide range of research studies.


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