Children learn best when their unique interests and abilities are honored. Ideal Learning is a whole child approach that places children at the center of their education. Many school districts value this approach. Yet programs that reflect the tenets of Ideal learning (e.g., Montessori, Tools of the Mind) have not been implemented to scale in Colorado.
Building from our 2019 research into Ideal Learning in Colorado, Early Milestones evaluated alignment between the Principles of Ideal Learning and Colorado early learning guidance, mapped existing programs across the state, and produced a new brief to make the case for expanded use of these models.