Who Are We?
Seeds of Learning is a stand-alone, not for profit, NAEYC accredited Early Care and Education Center located in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We serve preschoolers ages 2 1/2 through age 6. As a community based facility, we encompass parenting classes, educational opportunities for our families and other early childhood professionals, and participate in community outreach projects.
Seeds of Learning empowers and inspires a diverse population of young children, nurturing lifelong learning as they become successful adults.
The vision at Seeds of Learning is to work in partnership with families and our community to provide a learning community in a developmentally appropriate environment which promotes the growth of the “whole child” and instills a love of learning for diverse young learners.
Warm, supportive and respectful relationships between adults and children lie at the heart of excellent care and education for children. It is our aspiration to work closely with parents to meet the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of each child, thereby instilling a love of learning, secure attachment, self-awareness and self-confidence. We also partner with families so they feel respected, supported and nurtured in their parenting and child rearing efforts. We acknowledge the fact that children, families and staff exist within an environment of individual cultures which are overlapping, differ greatly, and deserve tremendous respect.
Authentic and reciprocal relationships with the children, their families and staff are at the heart of our relationship-based educational programs at Seeds of Learning. We believe early care and education centers can and must be a place where children, families and staff alike can feel a sense of belonging.
The Seeds of Learning philosophy encompasses high quality early care and education which includes the Incredible Years Dinosaur School, Creative Curriculum curricula offered to all children, and the Incredible Years Parenting class. We encourage participation from our entire Seeds family.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a curriculum based on five fundamental principles that help guide practice and help teachers understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and operating preschool programs in particular ways. These principles are:
- Provide interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.
Teaching Strategies has been a part of ground-breaking solutions and a strong belief that a child’s first 8 years form a critical foundation for school success for nearly 30 years. Today, Teaching Strategies offers educators an online platform called MyTeachingStrategies™ that provides tools to streamline their workflow by linking high quality curriculum, formative assessment, professional development, and family engagement in a seamless, interconnected way to better support daily instructional practice.
The Environmental Rating Scales are designed to assess “process quality” in an early childhood or school age care group. Process quality consists of the various interactions that go on in a classroom between staff and children, staff, and parents, among the children themselves, as well as the interactions children have with the many materials and activities in the environment. The established reliability and validity of the Environmental Rating Scale make it particularly useful for research and program evaluation. All evaluation results are shared with families, staff, funders, and Board of Directors. It should be noted that ECERS (Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale was used as the comprehensive quality measures in the National Child Care Staffing Study (Whitebook, Howes, & Phillips, 1989) and the Cost, Quality, and Child Outcomes Study (1995), the major studies of their time.
The Incredible Years, our award-winning parent training, teacher training, and child social skills training approaches have been selected by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as an “exemplary” best practice program and as a “Blueprints” program. The Incredible Years Dinosaur School used in the preschool classrooms promotes social, emotional, and academic competence in children as well as increases children’s social skills, children’s understanding of feelings and children’s conflict management skills.
Children will experience growth and learning in their social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development because of observations and assessments taken through these programs. Families will feel included and supported in their own child-rearing as they participate in their child’s learning experience at Seeds of Learning.