Building Bridges & STREAMin3 Curriculum
The Science Behind STREAMin3
A curriculum that sparks children’s learning with engaging activities is important.
But, research also shows that it is high-quality interactions children have with
their teacher and peers throughout the day at school that matter most. Simply put,
what we teach children in the early years is important, but how we teach it makes
a critical difference in how children learn. That’s where STREAMin3 comes in.
A Focus on What Children Learn
STREAMin3 focuses on five Core Skills that form the building blocks for later learning
and six STREAM Skills that prepare children for academic success in kindergarten and beyond.
These skills map directly onto the developmental sequences and expectations
that support early learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
A Focus on How Children Learn
STREAMin3 also focuses on what research tells us is critical for children’s learning.
Young children are curious learners who need culturally relevant opportunities to learn
about the world. And, they don’t follow the same pace and rate in their
skill development, nor do they have the same interests, cultural backgrounds, or experiences.
STREAMin3 is structured to embrace all of these differences and meet these needs.
It encourages children to be active agents in their learning and lets teachers
individualize learning opportunities as needed.
A Focus on Implementation
STREAMin3 places an emphasis on creating a comprehensive, integrated learning
experience that encourages teachers to be intentional in promoting positive
interactions with and between children.
The in3 of STREAMin3
We integrate academic and social-emotional skills in a way that leads to authentic, powerful
learning experiences. Our curriculum spans from birth to five, providing a trajectory of learning.
Our curriculum is designed so that teachers know why they are doing what they are doing
in any given moment. This intentionality means that effective support is provided throughout
the entire day, not just during formal activities.
A child’s interactions between teachers and peers are what matter most. We focus on the
importance of interactions during planned activities, as well as the moment-to-moment
interactions that happen across the day.
At STREAMin3, we know educators need training and ongoing support to implement a curriculum with high fidelity.
Our curriculum model includes professional development (PD) to help teachers maximize their moment-to-moment
interactions with children, the instruction they provide, and their implementation of the STREAMin3 curriculum.
Embedded materials and resources, individualized coaching, and group PD sessions all help programs reflect on how
to get the most out of the STREAMin3 curriculum within their early childhood education center.