We believe each child deserves a safe, healthy environment with learning experiences that promote positive self-discovery through intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. We recognize that children learn best through nurturing teacher-child interactions and through active play.
The Early Learning program utilizes Creative Curriculum, an approach to Early Childhood Education which provides a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning. Emphasis is focused on supporting holistic development while respecting the unique qualities of each child.
Creative Curriculum combines the perspectives of developmental theory and current research to form a philosophy of learning which meets quality content standards developed by the Department of Early Learning, Early Achievers, and additional measures of best practices in teaching and learning.
Children are provided with a variety of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities throughout the day. Activities that align with the best practice criteria of the Environmental Rating System (ERS) for toddlers and pre-kindergarten aged children are an important component of our classroom environments. These learning experiences include:
- Art, Music, and Movement
- Blocks and Dramatic Play
- Diversity and Cultural Awareness
- Fine Motor and Active Physical Play
- Nature and Science Discovery
Our early learning philosophy is to provide each child with a safe, healthy environment, which includes learning experiences that promote positive self-image through intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. We recognize that children learn best through rich teacher-child interactions and through active play. We strive to:
- Provide a safe, caring, enriching environment, and to instill a sense of security
- Promote independence, self-control, problem solving and decision making
- Develop a sense of cooperation and respect for others
- Provide an awareness of the environment, arts and cultures
- Develop social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills
- Meet the needs of each child as an individual
- Provide parent support and resource
- Provide culturally responsive care