Play Centers/Play and Learn believes that a comprehensive curriculum for infants through pre-school must have as its foundation an understanding that children learn through play and that there is a clear relationship between play and future academic success.
Children’s learning opportunities need to be developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory, enriching and stimulating. The program should be responsive to the needs and interests of each child. After careful evaluation, Play Centers/Play and Learn selected The Creative Curriculum, a Maryland State Department of Education approved curriculum, which aligns with our educational philosophy.
The Creative Curriculum allows our teachers to engage the children in playing with toys, imitating and pretending, enjoying language and literacy, connecting with music and movement, creating art, exploring technology, discovering science, and experiencing outdoor activities. These components are all necessary to a successful and well-rounded learning environment. Additional educational materials may also be used in conjunction with The Creative Curriculum including Little Treasures, Beginning to Read, Write and Listen, Houghton Mifflin, Math Advantage, Handwriting Without Tears, We Care, Summer Bridge Activities, and more.
While we use many resources to develop a high quality, comprehensive environment, our curriculum is built on a foundation and understanding that children’s play is their “work”. Play is essential and critical to each child’s healthy and successful development.