Guiding Principles


Guiding Principles

We Believe That

  1. Each and every child has promise. No matter their circumstances, we don't give up on children.
  2. Each and every child develops and learns trust and respect through nurturing, responsive, and predictable relationship with family members, early childhood professionals and other adults and children.
  3. Each and every child forms ideas of how the world works and their place in it through actively interacting with people, formal and natural environments and objects.
  4. Each and every child has a unique life story written by its family, community, culture, heritage, language, beliefs and circumstances.
  5. Each and every child learns and develops best when nutritional, physical and emotional needs are met, and when they feel safe and valued.
  6. Families are a child's first, most consistent and important teachers.
  7. Each family deserves respect and support as partners and decision makers in the education and development of their children.
  8. Home language and culture are essential components of each family's identity; they are to be valued and maintained.
  9. Young children learn through play, physical activity, exploration, inquiry, engagement, asking questions, and communicating with adults and other children.
  10. Learning opportunities that are relevant, integrated across developmental domains, based on children's interests, and build on children's current knowledge and abilities are most effective supporting each child's full potential.
  11. To best support each and every child, early childhood professionals need the knowledge and skill to design, implement, assess, and adapt developmentally, culturally, linguistically, and individually appropriate practices.
  12. Early childhood practices need to be evidence-based, aligned, cumulative, and appropriate to each child's development levels and needs.
  13. Each and every child benefits from a continuous and seamless sequence of education and developmental supports throughout early childhood (birth through third grade) to maximize their full participation and diminish the challenges of transitions. This consistency is particularly important for young children who are most at risk.


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