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