Early Childhood Curriculum Featured on WNYC

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A lot more than play time is taking place at The Children’s Aid Society’s Frederick Douglass Center in Harlem. Children in this early childhood program are using play to set the foundation to make them better learners. The dramatic play activities in the Head Start classroom allow the children to create their own imaginary worlds and teach them to regulate their own social, emotional and cognitive behavior as well as that of their classmates.  This work is done as part of the Tools of the Mind curriculum, an early childhood program that helps build the skills necessary for successful learning by training children to self-regulate.

Beth Fertig’s radio report on WNYC takes its listeners into this Tools classroom at the CAS Harlem center to see the curriculum in action. Ms. Fertig also interviewed Clancy Blair, an applied psychology professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development who is studying the Tools of the Mind curriculum.

Listen to the full WNYC report:

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