Past and Present
It all started with a simple question: How can we design a curriculum that provides high-quality experiences for our youngest learners?
Where We Began
The STREAMin3 curriculum model was developed at The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, in collaboration with and funding from Elevate Early Education (E3).
E3 developed a model demonstration preschool called The New E3 School in Norfolk, VA and wished for an integrated and comprehensive birth through preschool curriculum and professional development model that could be used within The New E3 School and be replicated and scaled across a variety of early childhood education programs
Researchers from CASTL, led by Amanda Williford, Ph.D, Kate Matthew, M.S., and Bridget Hamre, Ph.D., partnered with teachers and leaders at The New E3 School so our team could design and refine the curriculum model.
Expanding Through Public and Private Partnerships
Through strong advocacy from Elevate Early Education, public and private support has allowed CASTL to pilot the STREAMin3 curriculum model in a variety of private, state, and federal early childhood programs in Virginia.
Spreading Across Virginia
The STREAMin3 curriculum pilot was implemented during the 2019-2021 school years with extensive data collection in participating pilot classrooms. The pilot evaluation helps to further enhance the STREAMin3 model’s ability to best serve children and to guide future use of the curriculum and professional development supports.