The Strong takes play seriously. Play and learning go hand in hand, each building upon the other, and together they help children and adults develop socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Set in the context of play, The Strong's philosophy for the design, development, and implementation of educational programs is based on five key beliefs:
- Learning happens when there is an emotionally safe climate and a rich, stimulating environment. The Strong's trained educators and its playful, engaging activities and exhibits provide environments conducive to learning.
- Learning happens when meaning is constructed from an array of information or from an experience. The Strong's educators provide opportunities to organize information, look for relationships, and reach broad understandings through interactive problem-solving activities.
- Learning happens when learners know and can ask for what they need to assist in their process and can make choices based on their learning preferences and interests. The Strong's educators incorporate the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and the Reggio Emilia model of early childhood education into teaching to facilitate this process.
- Learning happens when products are created or performances produced that allow learners to apply what they have learned to new situations. The Strong's educators provide opportunities to apply learning through interactive activities in lessons and the hands-on components of exhibits.
- Learning happens through reflection. The Strong's educators encourage learners to reflect and analyze during and after the learning experiences.
The Strong's educational programs are aligned with the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, New York State Learning Standards, and Common Core Learning Standards. The Strong is committed to helping school districts, teachers, and students incorporate the standards into school programs.