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University Of Minnesota Child Care Center

1600 Rollins Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 625-2273


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The child “educare”1 philosophy at UMCCC supports a whole-child concept
of development based on the premise that one cannot educate without
offering care and protection and one cannot provide care and protection
without also educating young children in a group setting. This philosophical
basis is implemented through an eclectic developmental approach to early childhood education. Teachers draw on the theoretical works of Piaget, Erickson, Gerber, Caldwell, Katz, Gonzalez-Mena, Bredekamp, Derman-Sparks, and others to implement developmentally appropriate practices and to promote the healthy growth of the whole child by meeting
his/her emotional, social, intellectual, physical, and emerging cultural needs.Our child development program is based on the assumption that a child's growth is a sequential process and that children pass through predictable
stages of development in all areas and within age ranges. A team teaching approach is practiced in each age group educare room. Together the professional staff plans over-all program goals and objectives and curriculum
intended to meet the children's individual developmental needs. We nurture, facilitate, and assess each child's pattern of development in all the functional areas, respecting the individuality and particular potential of all children enrolled at UMCCC. Some characteristics we believe to be important for teachers to help children acquire within a group setting are:? Self-esteem; a sense of identity, self-respect, and confidence? Competence in body and mind; a sense of mastery? Problem-solving and conflict resolution ability; a sense of reasoning and responsibility ? Autonomy and independence; ability to make choices and help oneself? Personal and interpersonal strengths; ability to communicate with and be sensitive to others; to get along with others? Appreciation for diversity; a sense of understanding, respect for differences,
justice, and fairness? Creativity and innovation; a sense of confidence and growth, and desire to learn? Openness; a sense of trust and honesty? Awareness of changes; a sense of inner strength, self-control, and coping
skills? Recognition of emotions; ability to enjoy and have funUniversity of Minnesota Child Care Center / 19"
Excerpted from the preschool's website