"Open Gate's educational philosophy is founded
upon the developmental readiness theory;
that children's growth and development progress
by predictable stages at their own unique pace,
and that optimum development occurs when that
natural pace is respected.
Therefore, we emphasize social-emotional
development, physical skills, competence and
independence in daily routines, creativity and
imagination, and self-esteem. We provide a rich,
active environment where children choose their
own activities, which, in turn, stimulates growth in
all areas. Guidance techniques emphasize
modeling, active listening and conflict resolution
in which children work out their own solutions.
We believe that practice in these areas, not early
academics, provides the best foundation for
Open Gate's supportive environment relies on
parent participation for its success. Parents assist
in their child's classroom one session each week,
and share in the school's operation (maintenance,
administration, and fundraising.)"
Excerpted from the preschool's website