A high-quality Early Childhood Center recognizes children as constructivist learners, views children as capable and competent human beings, values directors as visionary, respects teachers as professionals, and embraces parents as partners in their children’s education and well- being.
Children are individuals with an extraordinary wealth of inborn abilities and potential. They are active participants in the development of their identities, autonomy, and creative intelligence.
Staffs are the heart and soul of the school. They should be recognized for their vision, their delight in children, their skill, dedication, knowledge, and commitment to families.
Families are respected for their bonds and traditions, their commitment to career, home and community, and their expectations for their children’s education. (Loris Malaguzzi)
Judaism is recognized for the spirit of its teachings, values, traditions, culture, and heritage. I encourage families to embrace Judaism at their own comfort level.
Curriculum in a high-quality Early Childhood Center must be a well-balanced combination of school readiness skills and social-emotional learning. Approaches to learning may vary by individual learning styles in order to meet each child’s needs.
An effective Director is a master communicator, highly personable, proactive, multi-tasker who invests time in establishing relationships and building community. A visionary Director recognizes the crucial role staff play in the reputation and success of a program and acts as a mentor and coach. To quote a former first lady, a leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. The responsibility of a Director goes far beyond the survival of a program. It is imperative that he/she portray dignity, wisdom, passion, devotion and have the energy and determination to nourish a program. (The Visionary Director)
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