Early Care and Education CenterChild Services
Philosophy & Goals
The Early Childhood Program philosophy is based on the belief that children should be given the following opportunities:
- To play and learn in an environment that encourages them to understand that they belong to a group, as well as allowing for their individual growth and development of positive self-image
- To have their parent/guardian(s) involved in their preschool life to the extent possible for each parent/guardian
- To play and work with their peers and teachers in situations that are appropriate to each individual’s needs and abilities
- To learn about their world in a way that allows for each child’s differences and similarities to be recognized and celebrated.
Our curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of children. Play is the primary means of encouraging skill development. The children are given the opportunity to actively manipulate materials and the physical environment and thus gain new skills by playing with each other and interacting with adults. Each child develops or learns at his/her own rate and new skills are acquired when that child is developmentally ready. Our program focuses on child-directed, rather than teacher-directed, activities.
The program combines music, movement, art, drama, large muscle and small muscle games and activities, early literacy, language arts and concepts development. Opportunities for social interaction provide experiences where children lean to share, respect the rights of others, understand themselves and how they positively affect their environment, and build on their basic skills.
We have four large, well-equipped classrooms. There are also multiple “break out” spaces that we regularly access; two gross motor rooms, a dining room with tables for cooking projects and other activities, and a playground for outdoor play, and trails in the woods for nature walks.