Children learn best when their interests and abilities are honored. Ideal Learning, or whole child education, is an approach to early education that emphasizes personalized learning, supports multiple facets of development, and places children at the center of their education. Many Colorado school districts value this approach. However, programs that reflect the tenets of Ideal Learning (e.g., Montessori, Tools of the Mind) have not been implemented to scale in Colorado.
Early Milestones conducted a comprehensive policy scan, a focus group, and stakeholder interviews to identify the real and perceived barriers and opportunities to the wider adoption of these programs.