IHSD’s programs offer a developmentally appropriate
curriculum with a strong emphasis on language acquisition, cognitive development,
social competency, and creativity in young children. In all of IHSD’s
programs, teachers create an environment that is rich with developmentally
appropriate and culturally diverse materials that can be freely explored by
children. Moreover, IHSD’s programs offer an environment where children
have an abundance of opportunities to interact with others, make choices,
and learn decision-making and problem-solving skills. The teachers create
lesson plans based on topics of the children’s interest and keep their
plans open-ended in order to be responsive to the children’s evolving needs
IHSD’s center-based child development programs use The Creative
Curriculum as their framework for planning the learning
environment and developing activities for young children. The Creative
Curriculum supports the creativity of both the children and their teachers.
The classroom learning environment has different interest areas and
encourages active learning through sensory stimulation, peer interaction,
and adult-child interaction.
The infant and toddler programs focus on caregiving that is
sensitive to each child’s needs, providing a safe, predictable, and
consistent environment with primary caregivers who provide the attention,
guidance, and support young children need for healthy development.
The preschool programs offer children social and educational
activities that build the skills they will need in elementary school.