Philosophy

The Center for Young Children and Families offers developmentally-based programs that focus on the needs of the whole child—physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and familial.  All staff members recognize the importance of teacher-child interactions and strive to establish and maintain warm and trusting relationships with children and their families.  Activities and routines at the Center are based on sound developmental practices and build on children’s natural curiosity and problem-solving abilities.  Children participate in many play and language activities and have the opportunities to work and play in small and large groups and individually.  Our child-centered philosophy reflects an understanding of the needs of young children in a complex society.  Our program seeks to serve all children, including young children with disabilities.

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