Dr. Donna Housman developed the ECSEL curriculum to enhance emotional and cognitive development through play, relationships and hands-on in-the-moment learning. Beginnings is the nation’s only school that takes this emotion-driven approach for students starting at 3 months.


“I love working as a teacher at Beginnings because of Dr. Donna Housman’s social emotional developmental approach to educating children. Every time I meet with Donna, I learn volumes and this approach works in the classroom every time. I see every day how validating feelings has helped me as a teacher and hear from families how empowering this approach is, resulting in a very strong bond between myself, the children, and their families.”
– Beginnings School Early Childhood Educator, Susan