Early Childhood Philosophy

Submitted on Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:22am

Adams 12 Five Star Schools commits to provide high-quality early childhood education opportunities that help young children acquire the dispositions, learning approaches and developmental foundations necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond.  In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, high-quality early childhood education is defined as developmentally appropriate, child-centered preschool programs that offer rich experiential learning opportunities in developmental and pre-academic domains including cognition, social/emotional, physical, language, mathematics, literacy and science.  High-quality programming also means that families have opportunities to be meaningfully engaged in their child’s early education and in the operation of the preschool program. 

The Instructional Approach 

The instructional approach in the early childhood education program focuses on the child as an active learner and adults as facilitators of experiences that are informed by the needs and interests of the children and ongoing assessment of development and learning.  Young children learn best through play-based activities that allow them to engage, experiment and explore.  Adults help children focus their play, asking key questions and offering ideas to extend play themes, creating learning opportunities for maximum benefit.

Desired Outcomes & Benefits

  1. Children have positive social skills including positive social relationships.
  2. Children acquire and use knowledge and skills including language and early literacy.
  3. Children take appropriate action to meet their needs, leading to increasing independence.

An extensive body of research demonstrates the long-lasting effects of high-quality early educational experiences.  The early childhood education staff teams with families to assure that our youngest learners develop positive attitudes about learning and strong developmental and academic foundations for success in their future school experiences.