"At MCCA we believe the goal of discipline is to guide children towards self-control. We provide a secure, comfortable environment where children are guided by clear and consistent limits. To model appropriate behavior and alternatives to violence, we do not use punishment in our programs. We help children learn appropriate ways to express their feelings, and we model respect, trust, honesty and caring for others.
We approach child guidance from a child development perspective. Techniques such as distraction and redirection are used with our youngest children. As children grow, we add to these approaches and use more language. We label children's feelings and help them learn to express their feelings in words. As their cognitive abilities develop, we discuss and implement the logical consequences of inappropriate behavior.
We actively engage our schoolage children in making the rules for their program, writing their classroom constitution, and practicing conflict resolution strategies. This active involvement helps our schoolagers grow in self-esteem and personal power-traits which will help them resist peer pressure, gangs and other potentially negative influences throughout their lives.
Excerpted from the preschool's website