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What is the research-based information behind our recommendations?  Here's where you can read more about theories, research, and measures of high quality settings:

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Abraham Maslow:  The Hierarcy of Needs: 

Mcleod, S. (2018, May 21). Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Retrieved from


Holland, A. L., & Ohle, K. A. (2020, May). "How can I help you?" Reconsidering behavior management. NAEYC.

Emergent Curriculum:

Biermeier, M. A. (2015, November). Inspired by Reggio Emilia: Emergent Curriculum in Relationship Driven Learning Environments. NAEYC.

Erik Erikson:   The Stages of Psychosocial Development:

McLeod, S. (2007, February 5). Erik Erikson | Psychosocial stages | Simply psychology. Study Guides for Psychology Students - Simply Psychology.

Flashcards - Why Not?

Parker-Pope, T. (2012, August 23). Simon says don't use flashcards. The New York Times.

NAEYC. (n.d.). Toddlers and reading: Describe but don’t drill.

Jean Piaget:  Stages of Cognitive Development:

McLeod, S. (2007, February 5). Jean Piaget's theory and stages of cognitive development. Study Guides for Psychology Students - Simply Psychology.

John Bowlby:  Attachment Theory:

McLeod, S. (2008, February 5). Attachment theory. Study Guides for Psychology Students - Simply Psychology.

Lev Vygotsky:  Socioculural Theory of Learning and Development

McLeod, S. (2008, February 5). Lev Vygotsky's sociocultural theory.

Research and position papers published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, including:


NAEYC. (2011). NAEYC code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment. 


NAEYC. (2015). NAEYC early childhood program standards.


NAEYC. (2015).  The 10 NAEYC Program Standards.

Research published by Zero to Three:

Serve & Return Interactions

Center on the Developing Child. (2020, January 27). 5 steps for brain-building serve and return. Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Sharing - A Developmental Skill:

Young Brains Lack Skills for Sharing. (2012, July 1). Retrieved from

The Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales - a measure of best practice:

Harms, T., Clifford, R. M., & Cryer, D. (2015). Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (3rd ed.). New York: Teachers College Press. 

Why No Worksheets:

How to teach without using worksheets in preschool. (2010, January 17). Pre-K Pages.

Important learning begins with play. (n.d.). Affiliated Services for Children and Youth | Making hamilton the best place to raise a child.

Also see the information about flashcards above.

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