Preschool Curriculum and Standards of Quality

  • The Pemberton Township Schools Early Childhood program follows the High/Scope Educational approach to preschool learning. The High/Scope program is based on active participatory learning. Children and adults learn best through hands-on experiences with people, materials, events and ideas. That principle - validated by decades of research - is the basis of High/Scope's approach to teaching and learning.

    The High/Scope Educational approach is about helping students:

    • Become independent, responsible and confident ~ ready for success in school.
    • Learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out and talk with other children and their teacher about what they have done.
    • Learn through active involvement with people, materials, events and ideas.
    • Gain knowledge and skills in important content areas, such as creative representation, language and literacy, initiative and social relations, movement, music and classification, number, space and time.

    The High/Scope preschool curriculum is an open-framework instructional model that has been tested and researched for over 40 years. Young children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical capacities develop quickly when they can use materials and their imaginations freely in an environment that promotes investigation, decision-making, cooperation, persistence and problem-solving. For more information visit

    New Jersey Department of Education Standards of Quality
    The Department of Education's Preschool Teaching and Learning Expectations: Standards of Quality sets a standard for preschool learning outcomes and serves as a benchmark for determining how effectively the classroom curriculum is being implemented.

    As with the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, the Preschool Teaching and Learning Expectations: Standards of Quality presents standards for all districts in the state, including Pemberton Township Schools.

    For more information on the NJDOE Standards of Quality, visit: