Description: We would first like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the Early Years Child Development Center. We understand that your search for quality care for you child (or children) is an extremely important one. It is our goal to provide you with all the information and support needed to make your decision as informed and comfortable as possible. Our objective is to provide an environment that is rich in parent/teacher/child collaboration. We encourage and welcome parent participation and involvement in our program. We strive to develop relationships with families based on mutual respect, shared responsibility and cooperation. Parents know their children best and sharing their knowledge with our teacher's helps to create a caring, nurturing and supportive community for children to grow and develop. The Early Years Child Development Center creates a safe and nurturing environment that fosters the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative growth of the individual child, while recognizing the needs and preferences of families. We are confident that you will find our facility and our program to be one of quality, where family involvement is encouraged, respected and valued. PHILOSOPHY Our program is based on the philosophy that children learn best through active participation. Our -learn through play- curriculum is designed to meet the needs, interest and ability levels of individual children. At the same time, we are creating a sense of community where children feel free to experiment, taste, hear, discover and explore in an environment that is interesting and safe. We strive to create a developmentally appropriate program where children feel secure, respected and valued. Our teachers develop our curriculum to offer children predictable structure as well as flexibility in cultivating their own emerging ideas and interests. We offer children opportunities to work in large and small groups as well as individually with the guidance and support of caring knowledgeable teachers. All children are unique and develop at their own pace. We as early childhood professionals need to provide them with a safe, warm and comfortable environment to allow them to develop both individually and as a group. In our developmentally appropriate program, teachers extend children's play and interest to increase the educational value of the natural experience. Children are more motivated to learn and appear to have a more positive attitude toward learning (and later in school/life) when they are provided with an environment that is rich in child initiated, child centered activities. Early Years Child Development Center Goals for Young Children: - Foster and promote the development of positive and individualized self-esteem. - Provide an atmosphere where children feel secure, comfortable and valued in a caring and inclusive community. - Stimulate children's thinking and extend their knowledge by deepening the educational value of the natural experience. - Encourage children to gain competence and understanding of themselves and the world around them. - Facilitate the development of responsibility and self-regulation by modeling and encouraging acceptable behaviors and negotiating skills. - Support the need for consistency and continuity in the lives of young children by providing an environment that is understanding of the importance of the teacher/child/parent relationship. - Provide a program that is rich in a large diversity of cultural experiences. - Create an environment that is developmentally appropriate. - Provide an atmosphere of trust and acceptance where children feel secure in their attempts and achievements.
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