What’s HighScope Curriculum? HighScope has been developed from over fifty years of research and development, and it’s the belief that children have the most potential to learn and develop when they are actively learning. What do we mean by actively learning? According to HighScope, “Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas” and their interests and choices are taken into consideration.  Active learning “not only helps young children excel in literacy and cognitive learning, but also to develop the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life”, including curiosity, problem solving, independence, and confidence in decision making.  Another important aspect of HighScope curriculum is a structured daily routine. Adults provide support and guidance in a structured environment while allowing children to make decisions and initiate activities they are interested in, learning new ideas or skills along the way.
HighScope completed a long-term study called the HighScope Perry Preschool Study over a period of forty years to determine if high-quality early childhood care and education has positive benefits throughout a person’s life. The study found the following about those who received high-quality early childhood care and education:
65% graduated from high school (as opposed to 45% of those who didn’t receive high-quality care and education)
They outperformed those who didn’t receive high-quality care and education on various intellectual and language tests during their early childhood years; on school achievement tests between ages 9 and 14; and on literacy tests from ages 19 to 27
70% were employed at age 40 (in comparison to 62% of those who didn’t receive high-quality care and education)
They had median annual earnings of $5000 more than those who didn’t receive high-quality care and education
More of them owned their own homes
76% had a savings account (as opposed to 50% of those who didn’t receive high-quality care and education)
They had an arrest rate of 36% (as opposed to 55% of those who didn’t receive high-quality care and education)
Only 32% of them had ever been arrested for violent crimes (versus 48% of those who didn’t receive high-quality care and education), 36% for property crimes (versus 58%) and 14% for drug crimes (versus 34%)
While these results can’t definitively prove that people who experience quality care early in life will live happier and healthier lives, this study does appear to show that high-quality early childhood care and education can indeed have lasting positive impacts on individuals.
Because of the extensive research behind HighScope, as well as the results shown from the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, Hand-in-Hand implements this curriculum every day in our child care and preschool programs. We encourage our participants to learn independence and problem solving skills, and we also foster curiosity, a joy of learning, and confidence so that our participants are fully ready for kindergarten when they graduate from Hand-in-Hand preschool. To learn more about the early childhood programs Hand-in-Hand offers and how we implement HighScope curriculum, call Dawn or Kayla at 563-332-8010. We would love to talk to you about how your child might benefit from attending the Hand-in-Hand child care or preschool!