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Our Philosophy of Early Childhood Education

Our play-based program’s philosophical principles are based upon current best practices for educating young children, knowledge of child development, and theories of child behavior. The role of the adults in the environment is to reflect the philosophy of the program. These beliefs give purpose to our program and define our practice.

Educational Principles

Our educational philosophical principles have been inspired by a diverse set of theories and concepts:

  • All children have the right to be nurtured, respected, and embraced as competent (Edwards, Gandini, & Forman, 1998).
  • Children construct knowledge by active participation with materials and the environment (DeVries, 1994).
  • Purposeful play is when children learn through the process of their efforts (Bruski & Ettema, 2004).
  • Children should be guided through both child- and teacher-planned activities that are purposeful and enhance children’s skills in all areas of development (Smilansky, 1990).
  • It is necessary to emphasize the development of the “whole child” with a focus on promoting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development (Hendrick, 2001).

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Starting with infants, we’re committed to preparing every child for a great start in kindergarten, and a successful academic future.

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