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Child Development Philosophy

  • Children are important people who deserve to be cared for by those who respect, trust and accept them for who they are.
  • Children are competent, active learners.
  • Play is an essential ingredient in an environment that nurtures the whole child.
  • Children do the best they can with the skills they have.
  • Children must be able to trust adults.
  • Behavior must be understood and not labeled.
  • Children learn to cope with their feelings by being allowed to experience the full range of their emotions.
  • Believing in one's self is the basis of all growth.
  • Solving problems gives children a sense of competence and self-worth.

Our program is always centered on the child. Teachers are observant of -- and responsive to -- what children do. The teachers create the physical and psychological environment that encourages children to play, which helps them direct their own cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

Teachers support the children's development through interesting, challenging and fun activities, sensitive listening, and ongoing relationships. The children have plenty of time to figure out what interests them by moving about and exploring. They test themselves and practice what they have already learned. Materials, activities and the daily routines are tailored for each child depending on their schedules, development level, needs and interests.

The development of social, emotional and problem-solving skills are of upmost importance during these years.Children have opportunities to relate with others while understanding and communicating their feelings and needs to others. At the CDC, we believe these skills lead to a healthy personality. Play, respect, trust and responsibility all convey the importance of the child.