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Diverse Learning Environments



We work in building children’s confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills, through hands-on, project-based investigations.

We believe that young children need resiliency now, more than ever. Boost social–emotional learning to prepare children for life’s challenges.

The Creative Curriculum


The GOLD assessment is an authentic part of instruction, not a disruption. Embedded in everyday interactions with children in the classroom, formative assessment is an effortless, organic part of our teaching day. We can capture, organize, and store notes, photos, videos, and digital samples of children’s work in the moment to make observations authentic, objective, and easy to remember.

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We encourage all children to think critically, solve problems, and connect ideas. When kindergarteners investigate, discover, and play, they learn. We strongly believe in order for young children to thrive, they need resiliency now, more than ever. Boost social–emotional learning to prepare children for life’s challenges through the use of the Creative Curriculum.


The assessment model used in GOLD follows widely held expectations for children from birth through third grade and enables a whole-child approach to assessment. Color-coded progressions guide teachers toward selecting and adapting activities that support each child’s development and learning. Meaningful reports inform classroom practices and individualized instruction.

School Age


We believe early childhood best practices shouldn’t end when a child enters elementary school—children need the same systems of support and learning throughout the early years of life, from birth through age 8. Continuity is critical to support and inform instruction, engage families, and drive positive outcomes. This is what we focus on at Step with Purpose for school age children up to 13 years old.



Covers all areas that research has shown to be critical for children’s success, including dedicated objectives for English- and dual-language learners.

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