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Project Approach

A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic undertaken by a class, a group of children, or an individual child in an early childhood classroom or at home.

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The Project Approach…

  • is a method of teaching in which an in-depth study of a particular topic is conducted by a child or a group of children.
  • is incorporated into the curriculum but does not always constitute the entire curriculum.
  • helps young children meet the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.

If you are new to the Project Approach and want to learn more about it, our Project Approach for Preschoolers tip sheet provides a great overview.


We invite you to join our Facebook group and discuss best practices for carrying out project work with young children.