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Juniata College Early Childhood Center

1700 Moore Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652

(814) 641-3400


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Early childhood is a time of new beginnings, rapid growth, change, intense exploration, and exciting discoveries. At the Early Childhood Education Center, we view development as a series of tightly interwoven biological, social-emotional, and cognitive processes. Thus, we value the unique characteristics, strengths, and interests of each child as we strive to promote optimal development of the whole child.
We also believe that all children are capable learners who actively construct their own knowledge, develop skills, and create a sense of self through experiences and interactions in the physical and social world. To facilitate learning, we provide a safe, supportive, and comfortable environment full of carefully planned activities, materials, and opportunities for active exploration and interaction with peers and adults. Since we value independence and intrinsic motivation, we encourage children to make decisions, take sensible risks, and try new things. We focus on success and help children learn to deal with conflict or frustration in positive ways.
Our curriculum supports diversity, family involvement, and fosters learning through a combination of play, developmentally appropriate learning activities, and projects. We value family relationships and foster an appreciation of commonality, and diversity.
Excerpted from the preschool's website