Teaching Practices

Implementing Research-Based Curriculum and Teaching Practices

These 15-minute In-service Suites focus on strategies for implementing curriculum and effective teaching practices for children birth to age 5 in various learning domains. Use the suites as a professional development resource for staff in busy, active early childhood centers and programs.


Learn how children birth to 5 naturally engage in inquiry, reasoning, and problem-solving every day. Explore ways to help develop children’s science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) skills.

Math: Number Recognition and Subitizing

Learn more about number recognition and subitizing. Discover why this important math competency is the foundation of math learning. Find ways to support number recognition and subitizing for children birth to 5.

Behavior Has Meaning

Explore the importance of understanding that all behavior is a form of communication and has meaning. Discover ways to interpret children's behaviors and support their social and emotional development.

Make-Believe Play

This suite highlights the key components of make-believe play. It describes what play looks like for children ages birth to 5 and provides practical ways to support make-believe play for all children.

Last Updated: January 16, 2020