"In order to develop a model comprehensive child development program Umatilla-Morrow County Head Start, Inc. believes it is necessary to address a child's total learning environment to include health, social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. We believe parents are the prime educators of their children, having the greatest influence on and responsibility for their children.
We believe a child, regardless of age or ability, develops positively in a success oriented environment; that a child learns through repetition; that a child learns through new experiences; that a child learns through self-selected and individualized activities; and that each child learns at different rates and in different ways in the "least restrictive" environment.
Secondly, we believe that parents have the greatest influence upon and the responsibility for their children. Therefore, we realize that the parents are the primary educators of their children. Hence, our program will make regular home visits and parent conferences to provide continual opportunities for parents to develop competence in parenting and child development, thus increasing parent's self-respect and confidence.
Thirdly, we believe the staff's effect upon children and their development are greatest when all staff are committed to the program's goals. We feel that individual staff development is vital, and staff meetings, staff training sessions, and on-going educational advancement are an integral part of staff growth. We believe that the program, and hence, the children, depend upon an atmosphere of teamwork, cooperation, communication and the feelings of trust, respect, and confidence in self and others.
Finally, we wish to commit Umatilla-Morrow County Head Start, Inc. to do the best practices of child development and to the "total" development of children and their families."
Excerpted from the preschool's website