Early Bridges


In Early Bridges, preschool children transform from listeners to storytellers, right in their own classrooms. Professional Teaching Artists partner with preschool teachers to deliver multiple sessions that include interactive storytelling, songs, chants, hands-on activities, puppets and a lot of unpredictable fun! Early Bridges combines the philosophies of the Children’s Theatre Company’s nationally acclaimed Neighborhood Bridges program with best practices in early childhood, according to national and state standards.

The Early Bridges Teaching Artists collaborate closely with the classroom teachers to link the program to set classroom curriculum and goals, and together explore a shared philosophy of the importance of play and creativity that lives on in the classroom after the Early Bridges sessions conclude.

In Early Bridges, we believe that active, playful and participatory storytelling contributes to children's language and literacy development, a belief that was confirmed by the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota.

Part of CTC's Early Childhood Initiative
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  • At A Glance
  • Partner Schools
  • Teaching Artists

Most Early Bridges sessions consist of student acting, storytelling, songs/chants, a manipulative activity, and time to ask questions, wonder about, and explore the stories that are told.
A few examples of the storytelling units we use during the sessions are:

Bremen Town Musicians – A European fairy tale with themes including recycling, friendship, working together, and treating the elderly with respect.
Legend of the Ladyslipper – An Ojibwe/Native American legend with themes including family/lineage, gender, and Ojibwe culture.
Petronella – A fairy tale with themes including gender equality, being smart, kind, and brave, and that things aren’t always what they seem.

Anishinabe Academy

Bruce Vento Elementary School
Saint Paul

Eastern Heights Elementary School
Saint Paul

Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elementary School
Saint Paul

Saint Paul Music Academy
Saint Paul
Sandy Agustin
Aimee K. Bryant
Tessa Flynn
Matt Jenson
Leif Jurgensen
Derek Phillips
Peter Morrow
Nell Pierce
Kiyoko Motoyama Sims
Emily Zimmer

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