The GAMC Children's Centers provide a warm and nurturing environment, which supports the developing child in reaching his or her full potential. We believe that each child is unique and should feel proud of their abilities, family, and culture. It is our job to promote positive interactions between parent and child. Our center attempts to mirror the home whenever possible, providing smaller 'family groups' within the classroom, softening the school environment, and providing ample choices for children to encourage independent thinking and an acquisition of new skills.
Our curriculum is based on developmental theory. This means that we recognize that children move through sequential stages of development in a variety of skill areas and at varying speeds. A child's development may be quick in some areas and slower in others; however, all areas of growth are important and interrelated. Children need mastery at each level before moving on to the next. Therefore we place equal importance on all areas of development and tailor our program to meet individual growth needs.
We believe that play is the natural mode of learning for the young child. The child develops feelings of competency and motivation for learning when provided with opportunities for play and individual choice. Learning occurs when the child is actively interacting with the materials of the environment. Through careful observation of play, teachers are able to assess development and add challenges or direction as needed to further individual growth. Teachers take their cues from children, forming an emergent curriculum based on each child's needs. Classroom teachers collaborate and together plan and implement daily programs that are reflective of the Accreditation criteria, meeting the developmental needs of each child in their care.