"Affective (emotional) development is seen as equally important to cognitive (thinking) development. Both function simultaneously to determine what is learned. Since the early 1900's this approach, known as Developmental Interaction, has evolved through research and analysis at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. It is a coherent integration of developmental psychology, cognitive theory and educational theory and practice.
The beginning years of human development, birth to age eight, are the critical years of learning. That core sense of self - one's value and capability - is laid down early. Whether the world is seen as an intriguing and safe place is established. A good, healthy start can prevent later problems and help assure sound and effective lifetime learning.
Excerpted from the preschool's website