I would like to share a program from Metropolitan State College in Denver called Tools of the Mind. I was introduced to this program in a previous course and think that the research and program show great potential for the future of early childhood education. The program is centered around self-regulation, where the children are taught how to regulate their emotional, social, and cognitive behaviors. According to research, self-regulation is a better indicator of academic achievement than IQ or reading level. Many children are entering school with a lack of self-regulation which causes disruptions in learning. The Tools of the Mind program teaches self-regulation skills to children so that cognitive learning is more effective. The website cites several scientific studies to substantiate their claims.
Tools of the Mind can be found at http://www.mscd.edu/extendedcampus/toolsofthemind/index.shtml