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Hopes & Dreams provides an educational play based environment for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Our teachers plan developmentally appropriate activities based on the interests and needs of the children. All activities are also based on the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards to ensure that your children are meeting all of the important skills needed for development. We strive to help children learn and grow in a way that is fun to give the children a love for education, while learning very important lessons at the same time.
Research has shown that “By taking a closer look at children’s play, we see that it does more than stimulate physical, social-emotional, and creative development. Play is also the primary means by which children explore the world, investigate its properties, and build an understanding about how the world works.
Through this play, children actively pose problems, explore solutions, and develop understandings of real world concepts of form and function. By comparing and contrasting information gained from each new experience to what they already know, they are actively constructing their knowledge of the way the world works.” (http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=453)
 

Curriculum

The teachers at Hopes & Dreams use the High Scope Curriculum to write weekly lesson plans for each classroom. High Scope is a research based curriculum that aligns with the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards.
“The HighScope Preschool Curriculum is based on the principles of active learning and support of a child's positive interactions with adults and peers. Longitudinal studies show that the HighScope Preschool Curriculum promotes children’s development and provides lasting benefits into adulthood.
Our Preschool Curriculum is a comprehensive model that addresses all areas of development through eight content areas and 58 key developmental indicators (KDIs) — the skills and behaviors at each stage of development that pave the way for school and adult success. Each KDI is connected to and reinforced by scaffolding strategies to support and gently extend children’s learning.

Preschool Content Areas

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Language, Literacy and Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Creative Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
While learning in these content areas prepares children for later schooling, HighScope takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.” (https://highscope.org/preschool)
 

Assessment

The assessment we use at Hopes & Dreams is the Cor Advantage, which goes along with our curriculum.
“COR Advantage is both a valid and reliable child assessment that measures the developmental trajectories of all children, from birth through kindergarten, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities. Based on extensive research in the field of early childhood education, COR Advantage puts into practice the most up-to-date knowledge about brain development and behavior. It also recognizes the working conditions of early childhood practitioners, with careful consideration given to the length of the assessment, ease of use, and its efficiency in validly and reliably measuring student outcomes.” (http://coradvantage.org/overview/)
 

Resources

 

Step Up to Quality

www.earlychildhoodohio.org
 

Jobs and Family Services

http://www.jfs.ohio.gov/
 

Austintown Local School District

http://www.austintownschools.org/