HighScope & Excelligence® Learning Corporation Announce Partnership
HighScope Press Release
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For Immediate Release
HighScope Educational Research Foundation & Excelligence® Learning Corporation Announce Long-Term Partnership in Early Education
YPSILANTI, Michigan and MONTEREY, California (April 3, 2012) – HighScope Educational Research Foundation, best known for the historic HighScope Perry Preschool Study — which tracked more than 100 children for 40 years and established that those who had a preschool experience had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool — is partnering with Excelligence® Learning Corporation dba Discount School Supply®. The organizations will work together in a partnership to develop innovative educational products to complement the HighScope Preschool Curriculum, one of the top early childhood curricula currently in use in preschools around the world.
HighScope’s new partnership with Excelligence® has two areas of focus. First, HighScope’s Research and Professional Development departments will work with Excelligence’s® Product Development team to create original products. These products will be available exclusively from HighScope and Discount School Supply®. The second area of focus is Discount School Supply’s exclusive role as distributor, along with HighScope itself, of HighScope curriculum products in the early childhood market.
Clay Shouse, HighScope Vice President, comments, “Discount School Supply® has a long reputation for high quality products at reasonable prices. This partnership will provide a convenient way for programs to implement HighScope and allow them to focus on their goal of high quality programs with positive child outcomes.” Mr. Shouse continues, “We know that with all the demands on preschool programs today, anything we can do to support our Curriculum will help teachers have more time to work with the children.”
Kelly Crampton, Excelligence® CEO, says, “We are extremely proud to work with HighScope, which is so highly respected for its research, its creation of curriculum and assessment tools and its professional development. Our partnership will allow the innovative talents in both organizations to work together to provide extraordinary products that will benefit early childhood educators and the young children they serve.”
Cathy Adams, Excelligence® VP of Merchandising and Product Development, adds, “We have decades of product development experience that we will use to support HighScope’s concepts. The result will be ease of use for teachers who follow the HighScope approach and greater accessibility for teachers who would like to explore it.”
The HighScope Educational Research Foundation, founded in 1970, is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, publishing and public advocacy organization located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Foundation’s principal goals are to promote the learning and development of children worldwide and to support and train educators and parents as they help children learn. It was one of the first organizations in America to conduct research into early childhood development. This year HighScope celebrates the 50th anniversary of its landmark Perry Preschool study, which has been a cornerstone in the development of preschool as a vital part of education in America and around the world. Fifty years later, HighScope continues to revolutionize early childhood education with its research-based and child-focused curriculum that uses a carefully designed process of learning through discovery to achieve powerful, positive outcomes.
Excelligence® Learning Corporation, dba Discount School Supply®, is a leading developer, manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of products for child care programs, preschools, elementary schools, and families for more than 25 years. Based in Monterey, California, Excelligence® offers a broad array of products designed for classroom and home use, enhanced by its extensive proprietary product development program. Excelligence’s® mission is to help promote children’s education, and to support and enrich learning at school and at home by providing educators and parents with safe, top-quality products and resources.