Hartland’s preschool curriculum follows the Connecticut Early Learning and Developmental Standards. For more information, please click here.

Our program revolves around an inquiry based approach to learning. Inquiry is an act of asking questions. The first stage of learning is to engage, notice, wonder and question. It is a time for children to try out materials, to see what they already know, and to play in a rich environment with little direct guidance or structure. As children explore, they may ask questions through words or actions. It is these questions that steer students into more focused observations guided by adults. Students are encouraged to make predictions about what may happen. This model helps even young students plan, predict, take action, observe closely, record experiences, reflect and construct reasonable explanations. This process goes around and around and is ongoing because explorations may lead to new questions and investigations.

Enjoying music, dance and art and expressing yourself in these ways


  • Engage in and enjoy the arts
  • Explore and respond to creative works


Making sense of the world, staying with something and working hard to solve problems


  • Develop effective approaches to learning
  • Use logic and reasoning
  • Strengthen executive function

Language & Literacy

Communicating using your body, language, signs and written communication


  • Understand language (receptive language)
  • Use language (expressive language)
  • Use language for social interaction
  • Gain book appreciation and knowledge
  • Gain knowledge of print and its uses
  • Develop phonological awareness
  • Convey meaning through drawing, letters and words


Understanding numbers and how to use them, counting, patterns, measuring and shapes


  • Understand counting and cardinality
  • Understand and describe relationships to solve problems (operations and algebraic thinking)
  • Understand the attributes and relative properties of objects (measurement and data)
  • Understand shapes and spatial relationships (geometry and spatial sense)


Understanding the world around us, including living things, the earth and space and energy


  • Apply scientific practices
  • Engage in the process of engineering
  • Understand patterns, process and relationships of living things
  • Understand physical sciences
  • Understand features of earth

Social Studies

Understanding the world and knowing about the people in it. This starts with knowing about your family, then the community and world.


  • Understand self, family and diverse community
  • Learn about people and the environment
  • Develop an understanding of economic systems and resources
  • Understand change over time

Enduring Understandings

  • Students will demonstrate a sense of themselves as learners.
  • Students will demonstrate a sense of responsibility to themselves and others.
  • Students will demonstrate effective functioning, individually and as members of a group.


  • Shows self-direction
  • Sustains attention
  • Participates in groups
  • Manages transitions
  • Expresses emotions and needs
  • Cares for self
  • Shows caring and respect for others
  • Cooperates with peers
  • Resolves conflicts
  • Follows routines and rules