22555 N. Miller Road Suite 110 Scottsdale, AZ 85255


The Scottsdale Children’s Institute (SCI) offers a unique program like no other in the state of Arizona. Our kindergarten readiness program offers an inclusive, structured, scientific approach to teaching that is based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). We provide our learners with a learner-driven, positive environment and we strive to foster a love of learning in each and every student.

One of the leading causes of the current educational crisis prevalent in America’s education system is the tendency to blame the child for poor performance. At SCI, we believe that if effective teaching is in place, students will always learn. It is our goal to shift the responsibility of achieving success within the educational system away from solely the child and their parents because we recognize that as educators, it is our responsibility to provide high-quality instruction in an environment conducive to learning.

Based largely on the CABAS® (Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling) model developed by Dr. R. Douglas Greer and colleagues at Columbia University in New York City, our kindergarten readiness program offers an inclusive approach to education that incorporates scientific procedures for targeting the following areas: Assessment of kindergarten readiness, individualized curriculum design and delivery, efficient instructional methods, moment-to-moment decisions based on the child’s performance, class-wide behavior management strategies, self-monitoring and self-management strategies, accelerated skill acquisition, fluency training, transitioning, following routines, communication, play skills, and social skills. SCI’s programming is entirely data-driven and measurement-based so we can provide our consumers with measureable student outcomes.

Classroom make-up, as well as individualized goals, are determined by each child’s current developmental level of functioning and individual needs. Our structured, inclusive curriculum includes an alignment with the state standards for preschool and kindergarten to ensure that we target all requirements necessary for success in Arizona’s kindergarten classrooms. When it comes time for your child to enter kindergarten, it is our goal that your child be performing at, if not beyond, the expected level across all academic and social areas.