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Where children learn by exploring

Exploration Station is the state-of-the-art pre-school laboratory demonstration school, located at the North Campus.

  • One of the only STEM Pre-Schools in the country (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-focus); high scope curriculum.
  • Teachers at the Exploration Station benefit from mentorship provided by the SOE faculty
  • Programs for children from 1 year olds through Pre- Kindergarten, from 7am to 6pm.
  • Open for children of Miami Dade College students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Students who are taking courses in the Early Childhood Department and are not currently working can complete their clinical experience hours at the Exploration Station.
  • A children’s garden, planted and tended to by our staff and children.

A high-quality early childhood program, guaranteed…

  • Promote positive relationships for all children and adults.
  • A curriculum that fosters all areas of child development-cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.
  • Use developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches.
  • Provide ongoing assessments of child progress.
  • Promote the nutrition and health of children and staff.
  • Employ and support qualified teaching staff.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with families.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with and use resources of the community.
  • Provide a safe and healthy physical environment.
  • Implement strong program management policies that result in high-quality service.

Program Highlights:

  • A STEM-focused school in which all learning ultimately is tied to scientific principles and mathematic constructs:
    • Children select plants to be grown in their garden and keep scientific journals of the growth of the plants, while learning about good nutrition and eating habits.
    • Expands on their natural inquisitiveness and supports their explorations of amazing phenomena.
  • Child-centered and based on best practices research in early childhood education.
  • Learning through playing.
  • Classrooms designed to stimulate child’s interest.
  • Our individualized approach focusing on the child’s cognitive, social / emotional, psychomotor, language and communication and creative needs.
  • Choose freely from a wide range of play and learning experiences
  • Teach students to recognize, understand, and express their own emotions as well as to sympathize with the emotions of others.