The curriculum for children with disabilities follows the same principles found in high-quality programs for children with typical development. The only significant difference between the two is that children with identified needs receive services (e.g., speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.) performed by outside specialists during the regular day.
All children need a variety of experiences to assist them in exploring their environment. Through art, children learn to value their own uniqueness and to appreciate the individuality of others. It affords them a means of self-expression perhaps when words fail. The teacher chooses art activities that include a variety of media and materials, which contribute to all aspects of a child's development.
Our anti-bias curriculum seeks to nurture the development of every child's fullest potential by actively addressing issues of diversity and equity in the classroom. Specific goals of an anti-bias curriculum are to foster each child's confident self-identity; empathic interaction with people from diverse backgrounds, and the ability to stand up for herself or himself, and for others, in the face of bias.
Our movement and dance program is truly unique. Wen-lin Murray has been designing, planning, and implementing a movement and dance curriculum. It allows children to experience the joy of moving their bodies in relationship to different types of music, space, and heightens this experience with the use of props. Different children learn through different experiences presented to them. Dance opens yet another avenue through which children can explore their environment.