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Effie Bennett-powe Child Development Center

232 Holmes Hall
Cobleskill, NY 12043

(518) 255-5696


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Effie Bennett-Powe Child Development Center preschool program is based on the belief that each child and each family deserve to be respected for their individuality. We believe that every child can learn and thrive if they are provided with the right environment and the time each needs. Operating from these fundamental principles, the Center provides a developmentally appropriate, anti-bias curriculum and considers each child in the context of his/her family. Goals for children are considered according to current child development and early education research. To ensure best practices, the curriculum is aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) position statement for curriculum, assessment, and evaluation. Constructivist and social learning theories are applied to a variety of learning experiences for children in a physical environment designed especially preschoolers. Children are involved in decision making about classroom activities and rules when appropriate. In this way, children learn that they have worthy ideas and that their individual actions can impact their world. This democratic concept is at the heart of an anti-bias approach to curriculum.
Excerpted from the preschool's website