Early Bridges

Early Bridges is an early childhood literacy program that uses storytelling and creative drama to promote language development and school readiness skills. Professional Teaching Artists partner with preschool teachers to deliver in-class sessions that include interactive storytelling, hands-on activities, puppets and a lot of unpredictable fun! Early Bridges combines the philosophies of the Children’s Theatre Company’s nationally acclaimed Neighborhood Bridges program with best practices in early childhood. According to the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota, children who participated in EB showed an overall increase of 77% in the categories of storytelling quality, the grammatical complexity of their stories, and their theatre arts skills. The significance of these findings is supported by research that indicates that improvements in oral narrative skills improve children’s language skills and their readiness for school and success in elementary and middle school.

Part of CTC's Early Childhood Initiative
  • Partner Schools
  • Impacts and Outcomes
  • Teaching Artists

2016-17 EARLY BRIDGES PARTNERS

This school year, Early Bridges is partnering with 7 full-day prekindergarten classrooms at 3 schools in St. Paul.

St. Paul
Bruce Vento Elementary School – Pre-K
Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elementary School – Pre-K
Saint Paul Music Academy – Pre-K

IMPACTS AND OUTCOMES

The impact of the Early Bridges program is assessed by formal observations and teacher evaluations conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Early Education Development (CEED).

TEACHING ARTISTS

Sandy Agustín
Aaron Fiskradatz
Brian Grandison
Tessa Flynn Henderson
Laura Mann Hill
Matt Jenson 
Leif Jurgensen
Derek Phillips
John Sessler
Lindsey Samples 
Kiyoko Motoyama Sims
Emily Zimmer

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