Children's Center Philosophy
Play is the greatest avenue for learning in early education. The sense of wonder,
discovery, curiosity, inventiveness and spontaneous energy of young children are sources
from which a lifetime of learning should develop. The opportunity to participate in
creative play is the highlight of the early years and our objective is to provide
as many of these experiences as possible. All children, regardless of ability, ethnic
background, race, religious beliefs, or family lifestyle are equal and are encouraged
to participate in our non-discriminating environment.
Our teachers seek to create environments that inspire learning for children, parents, Early Childhood Education degree students, and for ourselves as we advance in our own professional growth as life long learners. We are a lab school that grows and changes as new research leads to new practice. We are proud to have been enhancing children’s lives for over thirty years.
We believe All children have the right to feel good about themselves and it is the responsibility of all teachers to nurture the child's self-esteem.
We believe That all our educational and guidance decisions for children must be based on our knowledge of child development, while promoting skills for self-help, problem solving, and negotiation.
We believe Each person is a unique individual and has his or her own needs. Each person has a right to meet this need in his or her own way and in his or her own time, while learning to be respectful the rights of others.
We believe Everyone is entitled to feelings, "positive" and "negative.” It is important for people to understand these rather than deny them.
We believe In appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and family, children are best understood in the context of their unique family of origin and culture.
We believe Creativity and curiosity are self-expressions of individuality and should be encouraged.
We believe In helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the contexts of relationships that are based on trust, respect, and positive regard.
We believe Each child and family is due the respect for personal privacy demonstrated by professional ethics.
We believe All children learn best through authentic experiences that lead to competent social behaviors. All children must make mistakes in order to learn what is acceptable.
We believe That all children and adults in their lives deserve the opportunity to practice these principles at all levels of personal development.
We believe In modeling behavior that is culturally respectful of all family practices and beliefs.