About the Early Childhood Institute

Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) provides dynamically balanced education for children ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Every day, experienced teachers nurture opportunities to expand students’ academic mastery and self and social intelligence. We encourage children to transform curiosity into inspired learning while teaching children the essential 21st century skills of critical thinking, concept development, creativity, communication, cooperation, coordination and confidence. Our NAEYC accredited early learning programs include:

Infant & Toddler Program
For children 6 weeks - 2 years

Full-time program

For children 2 - 5 years

Full-time, part-time and extended hours programs

The Parenting Place
For preschool children and/or their family

Parent-child classes, enrichment programs and family support programs

Summer Exploration Camp
For children 2 - 5 years

Half-day and full-day options with three sessions to choose from

MSC's 5C Curriculum Framework

The 5C Curriculum Framework has been the hallmark of the Family Center Preschool and Infant & Toddler Program for many years. From infants to prekindergarten, children are provided key experiences in the areas of critical thinking, concept development, communication, cooperation, and creativity. However, an aspect of the 5C Curriculum Framework is less tangible but no less essential is the constructivist approach which guides the 5C Curriculum Framework is implemented. Constructivism is the theory that underlies the choices and decisions of teachers intentionally and purposefully plan curriculum. The approach acknowledges that all learners, regardless of age or ability, come to the classroom with life experiences that shape their view of the world and that learning is achieved through a process of active exploration and experimentation.

Children's learning at the Mailman Segal Center is a structured guide to four important ways:

  1. Through the design and set-up of the physical environment
  2. Through teacher-child conversations and interactions
  3. Through carefully orchestrated daily routines and rituals
  4. Through small group projects and literature-based activities

Classroom teaching staff plays a pivotal role in nurturing the approach. At a minimum, teaching staff:

  • Child in a classroom where children can work and play with respect and joy.
  • Listen to and value children's ideas, questions and theories about their world.
  • Learn alongside and in collaborative partnership with children.
  • Encourage children to collaborate, solve-solve, create, and reflect.
  • Present intentional and meaningful provocations (activities / experiments) to inspire, extend and examine themes, problems or ideas.
  • Give children opportunities to use knowledge in authentic ways.
  • Supply open-ended, loose parts materials that children can manipulate and explore.
  • They should pay attention to what they should respond to, and what they should document.
  • Engage in reflective inquiry and ask thoughtful questions when 'thinking about children's thinking.

In a constructivist classroom, teaching staff also watch, listen carefully, and notice as small yet wonderful moments of learning unfold.

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