“What are they learning?” is a question that adults unfamiliar with early childhood development often ask when they visit a play-based, child directed program. Our answer is always the same: a lot! You can read about specific skill sets that children develop through various kinds of play in our curriculum flyers, which are included on this page. But you don’t have to take our word for it. In a recent NPR story, Nobel prize winning economist James Heckman highlights research that indicates that the “soft skills” that young children learn in preschool make preschool a highly effective job-training program for adults.

You can learn more about these “soft skills” and read and/or listen to the piece on NPR’s website. Click here for Preschool: The Best Job-Training Program.