"OUR PHILOSOPHY ON EDUCATING PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN
We believe that a high quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of families.
Grace United Methodist Preschool follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C) Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs. It is as follows:
"In recent years, a trend toward increased emphasis on formal instruction in academic skills has emerged in early childhood programs. This trend toward formal academic instruction for younger children is based on misconceptions about early learning (Elkind, 1986). Despite the trend among some educators to formalize instruction, there has been no comparable evidence of change in what young children need for optimal development or how they learn. In fact, a growing body of research has emerged recently affirming that children learn most effectively through a concrete, play-oriented approach to early childhood education.”
Excerpted from the preschool's website