The John Jay Children’s Center allows all children the opportunity to be accepted, appreciated, and develop the confidence necessary to become successful and productive world citizens. Within this context, children can freely express themselves in nuanced and creative ways. Strong emphasis is placed on exploration, discovery, independence, personal satisfaction and self-motivation.
The Children's Center of John Jay College uses The High Scope Curriculum as its primary instructional tool for children ages infant to pre-school. The High Scope Curriculum features a daily routine that encourages children to engage and become active and creative learners in a developmentally appropriate learning environment.
The curriculum utilizes materials and methods that best suit young children’s needs and interests either in individual or group activities. It naturally includes many activities that allow the children self-expression and creativity.
Child observation techniques, emphasis on parent involvement and professional development are other major components of the High Scope Curriculum. The High Scope Curriculum is divided into four key components: Daily Routine, Learning Environment, Adult-Child Interaction, and Assessment.
High Scope's key component is active learning based on a consistent daily routine. This gives children the control necessary to develop a sense of responsibility, and to enjoy the experience of being independent. Educators at The Children’s Center focus on key elements of the daily routine such as planning, worktime, and recall time. Additionally, the daily routine also includes small and large group activities, physical/gross motor activities, and story time. Through key adult-child interactions and observations, educators gauge each child’s progress and overall development, assisting them in problem solving, critical thinking, and conflict resolution.
High Scope allows for both child-initiated and teacher-directed learning experiences. In an experiential learning environment adults support and extend each child's learning. Using the COR Advantage Assessment tool, teachers track children’s progress using daily observations, developmentally appropriate lessons, progress reports and promote parent involvement and engagement.
Linda Soleyn, Director