What we believe:
Children are eager, capable players who learn with zest in stimulating and affirming environments. They are competent problem solvers when given support. Children find deep satisfaction in following their interests, building relationships, and making friends.
Children learn best when they are connected to nature. We provide natural materials inside and outside the classroom and help children to become good stewards of the earth. HFP is certified as an Eco-Healthy Child Care (EHCC) provider by the Oregon Environmental Council.
We believe participating in a parent cooperative, while lots of work, is deeply rewarding for the children, their families and the teacher alike.
Our teacher, Susan Eisman, takes great satisfaction in influencing young people. â€œI get to give children messages about how amazing they are. I get to encourage each child to take risks, be compassionate, and build relationships. I get to nudge children to trust themselves, to solve problems and to resolve conflicts. I partner with children to appreciate the natural world, to notice and appreciate differences among people and to encourage children to stand up for the best possible outcome. In these ways, we build a healthy community of learners.â€