Eastern Connecticut State University
Center for
Early Childhood Education
Text Only Version
Eastern's Home Page



Exploring Topics In-Depth in the Child and Family Development Resource Center

Investigations is the curriculum used by Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). The curriculum was developed by CFDRC teachers and administrators in partnership with Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. The curriculum is centered around engaging projects—called "investigations"—on topics that are selected by children, teachers, and families. As children investigate a topic in learning centers, small collaborative groups, whole group activities, movement and music experiences, outdoor observation, or field trips, they acquire critical competencies identified in the Connecticut State Department of Education Curriculum and Assessment Framework and the standards of national professional organizations. Read more about the Investigations curriculum.

Each video in the Investigating series captures one topic of investigation explored at the CFDRC. Videos include interviews with preschool and toddler teachers about how children engaged in literacy, math, science, art, and other activities through the three- or four-month investigation. 

#1: Investigating Going Green


#2: Investigating Balls


Winner of a 2013 Telly Award!

#3: Investigating Nature


#4: Investigating Trees


#6: Investigating Pathways

Coming in 2014...

Sign Up for Email Notification of New Video Releases

If you would like to receive an email each time a new video is released, send us an email.

Download Investigating Videos

Videos are also available as downloadable podcasts through iTunesU. Download them to your computer or iPod/iPad here. You can also view them on our YouTube channel.

For More Information

The Investigating video series is a collaboration of Center staff, video production professionals, students, and Eastern’s Child and Family Development Resource Center, including the following individuals:

Producer: Julia DeLapp

Director: Ken Measimer

Editor: Sean Leser (Eastern student)

Student Production Assistants: Justin Bedard, Amy Dillon, Sarah Pierce

Music Composer: Ross Page (Eastern student)

Animation: Nick Napoletano

For more information about the video series, contact Julia DeLapp. For information about the Investigations curriculum, contact Niloufar Rezai.