Young Child Program
About our Program
The Young Child Summer Enrichment Program for high-ability learners is sponsored by the Center for the Education & Study of Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners at the University of Northern Colorado. It serves children ages 4 and 5 and those entering grades 1-4 who show unusual talents and abilities. The program was initiated in 1980 for high-potential, high-ability students and continues to be a successful program each year.
The curriculum incorporates creativity, problem solving and the development of high level thinking skills based on student interests and passions. Classes will be offered in the areas of science, math, world languages and cultures, art, physical activities, music, and literature/language arts.
Classes are taught by early childhood and elementary teachers who have earned or who are working on a Master of Arts Degree in Gifted and Talented Education at UNC. They focus on creating classes that are “hands-on, brains-on” and present new content in creative ways, involve the children in a variety of critical and creative thinking, and work toward developing products that demonstrate what the children have learned.
The social and emotional dimensions are also addressed. They have opportunities to get to know others who share similar interests and intensities. In addition to teaching content and skills the teachers look for undiscovered talents and gifts.