"Mardan has fulfilled a unique need in Orange County for more than 40 years, and enjoys a well-respected reputation of success in serving the needs of bright children whose special needs have gone unnoticed or unsupported. A large percentage of the children served by Mardan, armed with increased confidence, learned social and coping skills and enhanced academic skills, successfully transition back to public or regular private school settings and/or graduate to go on to post-secondary education.
Many of these bright but troubled children are unable to access learning and reach their potential in a regular school setting. Mardan offers them a network of caring individuals who provide a safe and supportive environment in which clear expectations, firm limits, and consistency are always evident. The teachers and staff provide guidance and reinforcement to help students achieve emotional stability, direct instruction to develop academic and social skills, and opportunities in a variety of settings and situations to learn and access coping strategies needed to function successfully within a community.
The sense of community pervades the Mardan program and embraces the students with a feeling of acceptance and belonging. It provides them with a sense of security, a sense of identity, and the experience of being important and noticed. This is especially important for those children who are angry, isolated, or withdrawn, have experienced failure, or no longer believe in themselves or others. At Mardan, their strengths are valued, their weaknesses addressed, and they are held responsible for what they find they can accomplish when their needs are met.
Mardan believes that children deserve an opportunity to be happy, successful and productive, and that they can achieve these goals when given the respect, understanding and support they deserve within a competent and caring environment.
The Mardan philosophy demands that the dignity, the integrity, and the uniqueness of each child be respected and celebrated.
Excerpted from the preschool's website