is designed to follow guidelines outlined by the recently published Ohio Department of Education Early and Development Standards      [DETAILS]

THE DOMAINS COVERED in these standards include:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Physical Well-Being and Motor Development

These documents are a framework for how we design your child’s day. Within these guidelines, Coventry Children’s Center will plan activities and experiences that reflect our commitment to the arts, community building and authentic learning experiences.


We have chosen the High Scope model on which to build our curriculum. The High Scope approach is supported by decades of ongoing research and significant studies. High Scope was also chosen for its child-centered focus and its authentic assessment model – both recognized as developmentally sound approaches for early childhood learning.  (Learn more about High Scope here)


What is authentic learning?

 Authentic learning occurs when activities or projects offer students an opportunity to directly apply their knowledge or skills to real-world situations.

These are key characteristics of authentic learning:

  • Students are provided with tasks that provide a chance to connect with the real world
  • The emphasis is on the process, not the product
  • Learning often is non-linear and open-ended
  • Authentic learning gives children the opportunity to begin developing self-control
  • Authentic learning is multi-sensory allowing the group to create a meaningful, useful, shared outcome
  • The individual child drives the experience

DOES THIS MEAN that our curriculum is 100% authentic learning 100% of the time? Of course not. One of our fundamental attitudes is that instruction must be flexible and able to adapt to present conditions. We know as parents and instructors, there are times that children just need to be given information. They are unlikely to discover letter sounds or how to count spontaneously! We do however, keep authentic learning central to our curriculum planning to provide as many authentic experiences as possible.


THE 21st CENTURY LEARNER will be able to self-regulate, think critically and creatively to make judgments and take charge of his or her learning. Our curriculum is designed to plant the seeds for this growth. The road to this outcome begins during early childhood at Coventry Children’s Center.

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