"The Marshall University Early Education Center prides itself on offering model, high-quality early education experiences to all involved in the early education program from children and families to undergraduate pre-service teachers. The program's philosophy is based on the following premises:
The program exists to promote a child-initiated, teacher-supported, negotiated curriculum where children's curiosities about the environment are supported and encouraged. The program is based on a co-constructivist theory that promotes a dual relationship between teacher and child in which both explore, experiment and problem solve issues and questions that make up the daily life of a child growing up in Appalachia. The program strives to meet individual development, regardless of special needs. Each child is an individual with specific needs in all developmental levels. The environment promotes a nurturing experience in which children have the opportunity to explore, manipulate and investigate within the limits of the class and/or teachers. The Center exists not to prepare children for school but to focus on this time in human development as a unique and opportune stage worthy of its own distinctive approach to environmental, inquiry--based, hands-on, concrete learning. Though the children who progress through the program are more than adequately prepared for school, they are
even more prepared for the diverse, life-long experience of learning and living in today's society."
Excerpted from the preschool's website