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Collab-Lab

Early Childhood education on wheels

Collab-Lab is a mobile classroom that brings critical, future-focused early childhood education directly to the community at no cost. Designed to be convenient for families, it connects parents and their youngest children with experts, educators, resources, and proven programs whose goal is to make sure that kids have the skills essential to learning from the moment they walk into kindergarten for the first time.

Collab-Lab uses our core I Wonder curriculum, applying an innovative, hands-on, and project-based approach that utilizes 21st-century learning focused on reflection, critical thinking, technology, and problem-solving.

The curriculum is a year-long program divided into five parts that correspond to the five general attributes that Collab Kids demonstrate: a global learner, an innovative creator, a leader, a digital learner, and a problem-solver.

The curriculum primarily addresses social emotional development while also bolstering positive child outcomes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We use a learning program that concentrates on:

  • Regulating reactions to emotions like frustration or excitement
  • Calming down after something exciting or upsetting
  • Focusing on a task
  • Refocusing attention on a new task
  • Controlling impulses
  • Learning behavior that helps children get along with others

The Collab-Lab helps children comprehend their feelings by applying proven study strategies, including understanding the functions of the brain and the role it plays in the process, while also building on self-esteem to help them achieve overall success. Beyond that, it integrates with the Footsteps2Brilliance’s literacy app, a mobile technology that connects school, home, and the community to help make sure kids are school-ready.

To further ensure that children possess the tools they need for lifelong success, Collab-Lab tracks the progress of each child and family in real time, producing measurable results that significantly improve child outcomes.

Throughout the year, families and children learn side-by-side with the help of experienced family support specialists whose goal is to make sure kids have the skills they need on the moment they start school. Together, each family member and child enjoy experiences that are visual, exciting, and designed to make early learning fun for everyone. To further ensure that children possess the tools they need for lifelong success, Collab-Lab tracks the progress of each child and family in real time, producing measurable results that significantly improve child outcomes.

The Collab-Lab will initially serve Acres Home and the Greater Greenspoint area, both of which have been designated as underserved early learning communities. After that, it will continue to bridge the education gap throughout the Greater Houston area by developing and creating a generation of strong future leaders who are thoughtful, curious, and active community advocates.

If you want to learn more about the mobile education program, call 713.600.1234 or email mobileeducation@collabforchildren.org.