Birth to Five (Center-Based):
Research-based and child focused, the HighScope
Curriculum uses a carefully designed process of
learning through discovery called "active participatory
learning", proven to achieve powerful, positive
Provided with a wide variety of materials and planned
experiences by teachers, children can build on their
interests, expanding their learning.
The curriculum not only helps young children excel in
language and cognitive learning but also promotes
independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation,
persistence, creativity, and problem solving - the
fundamental skills that help determine success in adult
HighScope's comprehensive approach includes the
following eight content areas.
Approaches to learning
Social and emotional
development and health
literacy, and communication
Science and technology
For more information on HighScope, visit their website:
Birth to Five (Home-Based):
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) model is an
evidence-based, comprehensive service system to support
families and help children develop optimally during the
crucial early years.
PAT supports parents as their child's first and most
influential teacher. PAT Foundational Curricula help
trained parent educators identify and build on family
strengths, capabilities and skills, and protective
factors within the family. Personal visits include a
focus on parent-child interaction, development-centered
parenting and family well-being.
Research has shown significant evidence of effectiveness
of the PAT model, demonstrating the PAT achieves its
goals listed below and makes a real difference in the
lives of children and families.
Provide early detection of developmental delays and
Increase children's school readiness
and school success
Increase parent knowledge of
early childhood development and improve parenting
For more information on Parents as Teachers, visit their
Great Explorations strives to advance the academic
achievement and healthy development of youth by
delivering quality out of school time services. We
incorporate a variety of research based curriculums and
teaching methodologies into our programming to develop
the whole child.
Student academic time embeds age appropriate school
curriculum into the Great Explorations program to
reinforce and expand school day learning. When possible,
school day teachers deliver this content to students.
Curriculum and Club offerings vary based on the interest
of the students. For example, the UP Center for Science,
Mathematics and Environmental Education at Michigan Tech
University facilitate S.T.E.M (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math) activities with GE Students
weekly. Physical education programs may use C.A.T.C.H
(Coordinated Approach to Child Health) or Alliance for a
Healthier Generation activities. Local artists may
provide art programs.
Great Explorations employs experiential and project
based learning methods for many of their activities. In
summer programming, students may participate in regular
gardening or create a "kid city" where they become the
entrepreneurs and governing bodies of their society. All
activities are aligned with the Core Content Standards
for the National AfterSchool Association and the
Michigan Out of School Time Standards of Quality.