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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 best practice:

Importance of Play in Early Childhood

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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.

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:

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. t

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