"Children begin to learn the moment they are born. First, physical needs must be met -- clean, dry clothes, food and shelter from the heat and cold. Along with those needs is that of nurturing, or shall we call it mothering and fathering -- human touch, human voices, smiles and what the great psychologist Erik Erikson called the "establishing of trust," for which there is no substitute. Trusting relationships create an atmosphere for exploration and learning.
Most children come to us with this kind of beginning and when you leave a child in our care it is our commitment to build a trusting relationship and carry on in your absence the work you have begun. This, of course, includes the child's education. As caregivers and teachers and all that this implies, we are committed to the use of our skills and the continual upgrading of them to develop in our children the impetus and inspiration to become all they can be.
Further, the staff here at CCDS is concerned with the development of the whole child. We subscribe to the following: Since there is no single theory of child development that attempts to explain all aspects of development, the approach taken in our developmental program is eclectic. That is, it includes the predominant theories in all major areas of development and adheres to the philosophy that the best approach for young children and their families is one that provides for successful experiences for the children, their families and our staff.
Our staff will make every effort to give individual attention to each child in his/her group which will create and promote TRUST between the child/children and caregiver so necessary for learning to occur. EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES OF LIVING ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING.
In summary, we believe that children thrive best physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually in a positive, serene, safe, non-crowded but challenging learning center. We shall work diligently to provide this kind of nurturing environment for all children entrusted to our care.
Excerpted from the preschool's website