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Early Learning Institute Company Information

  • East Palo Alto
  • 94303
  • California
  • United States


Emerson school is an Educational Program of Early Learning Institute (“ELI”), a California Corporation. ELI operates three child development centers, in Palo Alto, North San Jose, and Pleasanton. The centers borrow from the best model programs and make use of the most recent educational research. The infant and toddler programs use play and learning games to help lay the necessary foundation of all future learning. The preschool program is a modified Montessori curriculum incorporating art, music, and imaginative play into the traditional emphasis on practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, and cultural activities. The HeadsUp! Approach to early learning follows, and goes beyond, traditional developmental programs based on the developmental stage theories proposed by Jean Piaget. A Swiss scientist and learning theorist, Piaget described in numerous works how children change their manner of adapting to and interpreting their environment. Piaget outlined an elaborate sequence of capabilities, divided into four major stages, which he tied to relatively narrow age ranges. Subsequent research indicates that children do not progress through stages in a step-by-step manner, that the age ranges at which children are capable of performing certain tasks is a function of their experience with the tasks and not their chronological age, and that children in Piaget>s “sensorimotor” period (0-2) have much greater abilities than Piaget postulates. By improving on programs that follow a strictly Piagetian framework, the HeadsUp! Approach makes available an optimal level of materials and activities and fulfills children>s requirements for novel and necessary experiences.

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