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?

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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 Curry 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

STREAMin3 Across Virginia

In 2018, state funding from the Virginia Department of Social Services allowed STREAMin3 to pilot the curriculum model in 50 private and faith-based early childhood classrooms (birth to five) across Virginia.

STREAMin3 in Western Tidewater

To complement the state’s investment, the Obici Healthcare Foundation provided additional support in 2018 to expand the STREAMin3 pilot to 50 additional state- or federally-funded classrooms in Western Tidewater, Virginia.

STREAMin3 in Alleghany

To complement the state’s investment, the Alleghany Foundation contributed additional support in 2019 to expand the STREAMin3 pilot to 12 additional state-funded classrooms in the Alleghany Highlands region of Virginia.

Happening in 2020

The STREAMin3 curriculum pilot was fully implemented during the 2019-2020 school year with extensive data collection in over 100 participating pilot classrooms. The pilot evaluation helps to further improve the STREAMin3 model’s ability to best serve children and to guide use of the curriculum and professional development supports.

Coming Soon

Big news is on the horizon for STREAMin3. Thanks to all of the researchers, teachers, and leaders who helped shape the model, the STREAMin3 curriculum model will be publicly available for purchase this year.