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Early childhood education and services are implemented in an enriched environment and are individualized to meet the needs of each child throughout the day. Educational staff plan the daily schedule and activities, organize classroom environments and select materials that foster development based on sound research, best child development practices. and children's interests.

School Readiness

The EDCOE Child Development Program has established School Readiness Goals that meet expectations for children ages birth to three and three to five.

  1. Parents can be assured that their child will be provided a curriculm to be ready for kindergarten at the completion of our program.
  2. Each child will have a foundation in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology.
  3. We educate children to express themselves, wait their turn, share, and get along with friends.
  4. There is an emphasis to support building life-long critical thinking skills, foster confidence, and encourage every type of learner to gain skills.

Preschool Programs

EDCOE Child Development programs use Creative Curriculum as the primary curriculum model. The 38 research-based objectives are the heart of the curriculum and define the path teachers take with children in their classroom.

Creative Curriculum is organized into 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.

Supplemental resources used in the classroom are Second Step Social Emotional Skills for Early Learning and Learning with Tears for math, literacy, language and writing skills.

Links to curriculum information:

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Home Based Programs - Early Head Start & Head Start

The curriculum used by our Home Based Programs is Parents as Teachers (PAT). The PAT model has three areas of emphasis:

  1. Parent-child interaction
  2. Developmental-centered parenting
  3. Family well-being

PAT curriculum is supplemented with Partners for Healthy Baby to promote a healthy pregnancy, reduce infant risk for abuse, and enhance healthy child outcomes.

Link to curriculum information:

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Western Slope Education Coordinators:
  • Robyn Scott, (530)295-2299
  • Karen VanPatten, (530)295-2203
South Lake Tahoe Education Coordinator:
  • Deirdre Slater, (530)295-4803