Early Childhood

How evidence-based Theatre Arts activities support early childhood development: 

  • Pretend play builds curiosity through exploration and imaginative questioning
  • Language-rich stories and songs build vocabulary and activate brain development
  • Creative Storytelling gives children opportunities to make choices and use their voices
  • Expressive movement exercises large motor skills, supporting muslce and brain development
  • Self-expression is foundational to self and social awareness and to developing healthy relationships

Our vision is for every young child to have opportunities to engage in creative storytelling, expressive movement, and dramatic play in the critical years of ages 2-5. Collaborating with caregivers and families increases opportunities for all children growing towards their full potential. 

Children’s Theatre Company early childhood programs include nationally recognized Preschool Productions, Early Bridges, Creative Play, and Theatre Arts Training classes for ages 2-5. 

CTC collaborates with and presents work by leading performing artists for early learners from around the world, and is a national leader in creating new plays that respect and encourage the playful nature of audience members ages 2 - 5. Because the first five years of life are an especially unique stage of remarkable learning, growth, and development, Children's Theatre Company incorporates evidence-based strategies and developmentally appropriate practices to build social, emotional, and cognitive skills through positive, interactive experiences, led by professional theater artists and educators. In the early years, children develop skills in the arts that allow them to explore a variety of ways to be creative and to express themselves. Skills in the arts are highly interrelated with development across domains.  

MN Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (Birth to 3)
Download the Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers by the Network of Infant and Toddler Researchers
Download the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

For Educators

Whether you are bringing your educational group to a weekday student matinee performance or bringing Children’s Theatre Company’s professional teaching artists and signature programming into your classroom/community, theatre programming expands imagination while supporting arts and literature curriculum! Aligned with state and national English Language and Theatre Arts Standards, we offer partnerships ranging from single workshops to short and long-term in-class or after school residency programs for learners ages PreK and up. Learn more about the content available to you and your community below.

Early Bridges & Building Bridges

Early Bridges and Building Bridges are literacy programs that uses storytelling and creative drama to promote language development and school readiness skills. Professional Teaching Artists deliver in-class sessions that include interactive storytelling, hands-on activities, puppets and a lot of unpredictable fun! Each program brings stories to life in the classroom and engages students in expressive language skill-building.

Early Bridges (3 years – Pre- K) uses storytelling and theatre arts activities based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) for early childhood support early childhood-appropriate literacy skills, such as sequencing, re-telling, vocabulary, and listening skills.

Building Bridges (K - 1st grade) uses storytelling and theatre arts activities to provide age-appropriate, play-based, and imagination-fueled learning experiences that align directly with state standards in theatre and language arts.

To bring Early Bridges or Building Bridges to your community or classroom, contact [email protected]


Educate. Challenge. Inspire.
Our Student Matinee Field Trips, Neighborhood Bridges and Theatre Arts Training programs reach tens of thousands of people of all ages, ranging from early learners to adult educators. Our skilled teaching artists engage students and teachers on our stages, in our classrooms and in your schools and community spaces.

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