ELP (Early Learning Program)

Statement of Purpose
The Early Learning Program (ELP)
The Early Learning Program (ELP) in the Greene County Schools was developed to provide children with disabilities at the age of three and four a quality developmentally appropriate education and related therapies. A developmentally appropriate program is based on the Twelve Principals of Child Development and Learning as presented by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The various therapies available for the children enrolled in ELP are: Speech/Language, Hearing, Vision, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. ELP accepts referrals from physicians, public service agencies, hospitals, parents, teachers, and other concerned individuals.
ELP is licensed annually by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), Early Learning Office. The program also complies with the requirements of Students with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
12 Principles of Child Development and Learning
1. All areas of development and learning are important.
2. Learning and development follow sequences.
3. Development and learning proceed at varying rates.
4. Development and learning result from an interaction of maturation and experience.
5. Early experiences have profound effects on development and learning.
6. Development proceeds toward greater complexity, self-regulation, and symbolic or representational capacities.
7. Children develop best when they have secure relationships.
8. Development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple social and cultural contexts.
9. Children learn in a variety of ways.
10. Play is an important vehicle for developing self-regulation and promoting language, cognition, and social competence.
11. Development and learning advance when children are challenged.
12. Children’s experiences shape their motivation and approaches to learning.