"The philosophy behind the program at White Plains Children's Center is based on a belief that children with typical and special needs profit from interactions with each other in an environment that stresses acceptance of individual differences in backgrounds and ability levels.
For the children with special needs, inclusion facilitates their developmental progress by exposing them to a varied and complex environment. By enabling them to remain within their own community, they are better prepared for the real world and greatly benefit from the modeling of their peers for social and communication skills. Please see Application Process for details on enrolling your special needs child at WPCC.
For the children developing typically, there is the opportunity to learn about the differences between people and to develop attitudes of acceptance towards others. They are able to see their own strengths and needs, and the children with special needs provide role models for overcoming limitations and development of successful coping skills. Please see Application Process for details on enrolling your typically developing child at WPCC.
It is our hope that our early intervention will enable our children with special needs to enter more typical settings when they leave us, and that our children who are developing typically will continue to act on the values to which they have been exposed at White Plains Children's Center.
The philosophy embraces key practices that include:
the belief that play is a child's work
a curriculum which focuses on the process of learning versus the product
activities planned with the child's needs in minds, respecting individual styles and designed to ensure success
schedules offering flexibility, smooth transitions and minimal interruptions in a child's a play
an environment where a child is encouraged to make choices about activities and materials
the teaching of self control through guidance instead of punishment "
Excerpted from the preschool's website