The goal of this early childhood program is to meet the developmental needs of children from 6 weeks to six years of age, ensuring quality, innovative, educational programming in a setting that includes children of all abilities. We provide learning experiences designed to help all children develop a positive self-concept, independence, and self-control. Individualized goals are embedded into fun, engaging activities with an emphasis on language development, socialization, and kindergarten preparation. Each month we focus on themes that are incorporated in social play, math and science, language arts and reading, music, and free play.
Knowing about child development and learning.
Understanding typical development and learning at different ages is a crucial starting point. This knowledge, based on research, helps us predict which experiences will support children’s learning and development.
Knowing what is individually appropriate.
What we learn about specific children helps us refine decisions about how to teach and care for each child as an individual. By continually observing children’s play and interaction with the physical environment and others, we learn about each child’s interests, abilities, and developmental progress.
Knowing what is culturally important.
We must make an effort to get to know the children’s families and learn about the values, expectations, and factors that shape their lives at home and in their communities. This background information helps us provide meaningful, relevant, and respectful learning experiences for each child and family.
Taken together, all three considerations result in developmentally appropriate practice.
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)