"The Union Church Early Childhood Programs are dedicated to the development of the whole child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Our teaching principles are based on the belief that children learn best through active participation. By nature, young children are constantly in movement and need the opportunity to express their ever deepening relationship to day-to-day life through their play. We believe that through play, children learn about all aspects of the world.
Play is defined by noted psychologist Bruno Bettelheim as any activity characterized by freedom from all but personally imposed rules, by freewheeling fantasy involvement, and by the absence of any rules outside of the activity itself. Such imaginative play, which is an expression of the child’s inner nature, has long been recognized as being important for healthy development. Creative play is an expression of the magical world of early childhood.
At the ECP we value families and we do not simply view our relationships as involvement. We see our relationships as partnerships. We communicate respect for children and their developmental rights, cultural or family backgrounds and learning styles. Through this attitude of respect we enhance children’s feelings of self-worth, build a joy of learning and provide an atmosphere where they can develop satisfying relationships with other children, their teachers and the school community.
The Union Church Early Childhood Programs are accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, which is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We strive to maintain this accreditation by voluntarily undergoing a comprehensive process of internal self-study and inviting external professional review to verify compliance with the Academy’s criteria for high quality Early Childhood Programs
Excerpted from the preschool's website