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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Giving Back Is Its Own Reward

Servant Leadership: The Key to Business and Success » By most measures, Colin Graham ’01 is a success. But giving back to his alma mater, including the endowment of a university scholarship, provides an opportunity to display the type of leadership that defines him best. Graham counts success as finding whatever feeds one’s heart and […]

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Next Steps

Grant-funded Program Prepares Special Education Teachers » Looking over a classroom of a dozen junior high school students at Plymouth Elementary School, special education intern Jennifer Kay ’99 worries what the future holds for the class of kids with mental and physical challenges. “I have doubts about where some of my students will be in […]

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Interim Director Named for Museum of the White Mountains

PSU Professor of History Marcia Schmidt Blaine is now interim director of the MWM, following founding director Catherine Amidon’s stepping down …