A fundamental premise of Early Learning Success is that children matter. Although this may be a simplistic thought, it is at the heart of what we believe is important in providing quality programming for children, and it is the driving force behind continued investigation of new research and best practices for children.

About Our Curriculum

The Early Learning Success curriculum is a comprehensive framework that uses early learning standards to support each child in their individual development. Each Unit of Study:

  • Clearly explains how the curriculum activities support school readiness and life success
  • Supports the development of the ‘whole’ child during the ‘whole’ day because school readiness is more than ABC’s and numbers
  • Includes 8 preschool and school-age activities that focus on specific domains, and additional activity ideas for infants and toddlers
  • Provides activities that focus on all developmental domains
  • Supports STEM education principles
  • Comes in an affordable, easy to use, printable format for family child care providers, center child care teachers, preschool and school-age programs, and homeschoolers
  • Includes activities that use materials readily found in homes and child care centers such as glue, paint and paper
  • Provides plans for mixed ages, birth through school-age
  • Provides plans that will help providers meet state QRIS criteria

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About Nancy

Nancy Dougherty has a passion for children and for helping caregivers provide what is best for them. She has many years of experience working with children and families, adults of all ages, and in all types of care and education programs.  Nancy has a B.A.S. in elementary education from the University of MN, Duluth, and a M.A. in Education, School Age Development from Concordia University, St Paul, MN.     Her professional achievements include:

  • Providing over 15 years of direct care to children in school age programs and early childhood child care centers
  • Writing and delivering training as a Master Trainer in Minnesota’s Professional Development system
  • Coaching providers through Parent Aware, Minnesota’s quality rating system.
  • Authoring, with assistance from a work group,  the Minnesota School Age Indicators of Progress document, a companion document to Minnesota’s early standards.
  • Publishing ‘Power Camp’, a curriculum to promote positive social skills for school age children
  • Developing manuals and other documents for several Department of Human Services grants, including the School-Age Care Mentoring Manual and Effective Practices in School-Age Care

Nancy also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren, and her pets. She is an avid reader, loves to garden, do arts & crafts, and spend time in the woods of northern Wisconsin.  She brings all of these hobbies and interests into her work with children.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What people are saying about Early Learning Success

“We implemented Early Learning Success Curriculum at our centers in order to provide the most comprehensive education possible. After researching multiple programs we chose to go with the Early Learning Success Curriculum because of its overall content (wide range of themes/ideas and is easy to understand and execute), cost effectiveness and convenience. We also wanted a program that was Parent Aware approved as that is fundamental to the success of our children and our program. Nancy Dougherty’s curriculum truly addresses all our needs. Our teachers look forward to each fun-filled-theme and are excited about teaching this wonderful curriculum. You will not be disappointed it you choose this program for your center or school!”


“I have used this curriculum for over a year and love the flexibility of the use for all ages. The children love it and my parents are very happy with the variety. It is very cost effective and I tell many providers how great it is and how it works so well with Parent Aware.”


“Our team LOVES ELS! We were looking for an affordable yet quality curriculum that included all age groups in our center and ELS is just that and more. ELS ensures that we are covering all of the developmental domains so that we encourage growth in all areas. Our teachers are able to focus on the children more and not worry about developing their own program. Thank you ELS!”