Early Learning

High Scope

Infant Toddler (0-3 years)
Early learning and development in these six content areas is guided by 42 key developmental indicators (KDIs) — the skills and behaviors at each stage of development that pave the way for school and adult success. Each KDI is connected to and reinforced by scaffolding strategies to help teachers appropriately support and gently extend children’s learning. The HighScope key developmental indicators are:

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  • Provide teachers with a child development “filter” for observing and choosing appropriate interactions and activities
  • Help teachers interpret what young children say and do along a developmental continuum
  • Enable teachers to maintain reasonable expectations for young children
  • Reinforce children’s play as the primary mechanism for learning
  • Allow teachers to be more knowledgeable and intentional in their daily planning for individual children and the class

Preschool (3-5 years)
Learning in the following eight areas is guided by 58 key developmental indicators (KDIs). Each KDI identifies an important learning goal for young children. We recognize that the normal pace of children’s development and learning varies widely across these eight categories and the KDIs reflect that continuum of widely held expectations. Our curriculum is designed to help teachers appropriately scaffold learning for every child across all areas. Learning is focused on the following content areas:

  • Social and Emotional Approaches to Learning
  • Development
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Language, Literacy, and Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Creative Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
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Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

The KKLC offers the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Michigan’s nationally recognized Pre-K program. The GSRP is a NO COST, state-funded preschool program developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for eligible four-year-old children. Income, as well as other criteria, is utilized to prioritize placement as defined by the MDE. GSRP children attend Monday-Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm. As a GSRP provider, we are required to work with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to measure the effect of the statewide GSRP. Information is sometimes collected about GSRP staff, enrolled children, and their families. Program staff or a representative from MDE might:

  • Ask parents questions about their child and family.
  • Observe children in the classroom.
  • Measure what children know about letters, words, and numbers, etc.
  • Ask teachers how children are learning and growing.