A high quality school for young children and teacher training facility since 1977, the NVCC Child Development Center Laboratory School is a state of the art early care and education facility guided by the Reggio Emilia Approach philosophy.
The Child Development Center is a place where children and teachers co-construct learning in a hands-on, arts-based and nature-inspired classroom. Considered the third teacher, the environment is intentionally arranged to maximize children's curiosity and creativity in a home-like and developmentally appropriate setting. Collaborative learning also fosters independence, higher-level thinking skills, social competence, language development, and self-regulation, consistently building on skills which prepare children for academic success throughout the school years.
The curriculum emerges from the interests of the children with purposeful and reflective interactions which are expressed by children through exploration, self-expression, and interaction with their teachers and peers, while maintaining an alignment of the State of Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards as the foundation of the curriculum. Holistic assessment is based on the variety of ways that children represent their understanding and questions, also known as The Hundred Languages of Children.
The use of the Project Approach allows children to explore all domains of learning in the context of in-depth exploration of a topic, inspired by the children's interests and group and individual needs.