Our early childhood programs work to build a foundation for the development of STEM and healthcare knowledge and interest for preschool – 2nd grade students. The foundation is constructed through awareness of STEM and healthcare education and careers, teacher professional development, family engagement, and classroom curriculum and resources. This initial investment will strengthen the children's attitudes and ability to embrace STEM and healthcare learning experiences and practices.
Our classroom enrichment for early childhood consists of working with teachers at our partner schools to develop curricula that align with standards and follow research that supports best practices in early childhood STEM education. This includes providing resources and support both in class and at school events. The teachers we work with vary year-to-year and depend on their willingness to collaborate and need for support.
We offer several professional development workshops throughout the year to early childhood educators from our partner schools. We invite guest speakers to present on a variety of topics. Past topics have included foundational math concepts and strategies for cooperative learning.
For more information on our early childhood programs, please contact Ellen Vigil, Educational Associate at Ellen_Vigil@Rush.edu or (312) 942-0307.