Theory & Research


HighReach Learning curriculum is based on knowledge of theory and research in early childhood education, coupled with an understanding of valued best practices. Our curriculum incorporates experiences that permit learning through guided play and active discovery.
In developing our curriculum, we consider the whole child – cognitively, socially, and physically. By incorporating the latest research on early childhood, including Piaget’s Constructivist Theory, Bruner’s Theory of Discovery Learning, Bergen’s Theory of Play, active exploration, and the most current NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice Guidelines, HighReach Learning has created a truly balanced, innovative, and interest-driven curriculum for children birth to five. Click here to read the theory and research upon which our curriculum is based. 

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Reaching & Relating: A Guide for Early Learning Programs provides the foundation for planning experiences, relationships, and a warm supportive learning environment for children ages birth to five. This overarching curricular approach to HighReach Learning curriculum programs offers: 

  • A comprehensive overview of early childhood best practices.
  • Easy-to-follow guidance from theory to practice.
  • Implementation Checklists to assist in developing high-quality learning environments.
  • 220 pages of evidence-based strategies.

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