The CHILD system is broken into clusters. Three teachers form cluster teams -- one teacher for reading, one for writing, and one for mathematics. Clusters teams work across three grade levels: K-2 for a Primary Cluster and 3-5 for an Intermediate Cluster. Teachers work with the same students for three years.
A typical day for a CHILD students is as such: After direct instruction from the teacher, students work independently at three types of learning stations within their cluster. Students rotate to the three classrooms in their cluster. Each classroom has a Computer Station for technology-based work, a Textbook Station for paper/pencil work, and three Activity Stations for hands-on work. There is also, a Teacher Station for small group tutorials and individual assistance.
The original research began in 1988 at Florida State University. Dr. Sally Butzin is the senior author. Since then there have been annual updates, along with numerous independent studies that document the effectiveness of the CHILD instructional system. CHILD students have significantly higher academic achievement and better behavior than their peers in traditional classrooms. Parent support and enthusiasm is also very high.