Philosophy

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Philosophy

It is our responsibility to provide a high quality early childhood environment that fosters each child’s healthy emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth and development. A strong emphasis on family involvement, collaboration with the College, and community engagement is vital to meeting the diverse needs of the children and families we serve.

In keeping with this philosophy, WCCC provides an environment where children can:

Grow and develop at their own rate.

No two children develop in the same way, or at the same time, or in the same sequence. Children need to be with staff who understand their developmental needs and who will provide challenging and supportive experiences.

Develop a positive self-concept.

A positive self-image enables a child to participate easily and successfully in a learning environment and provides a framework for personal development that continues throughout their lifetime.

Learn to handle their emotions in an appropriate and socially acceptable way.

Young children are naturally social, curious, energetic and impulsive. Children need help learning to understand, express, and manage their emotions in appropriate ways in an affectionate and respectful environment.

Act on their environment.

Children need to explore, question, practice, and pretend in order to discover the world around them. Children construct knowledge through the exploration of their environment and problem solving. The learning process is life-long and it begins best when children can choose a variety of activities that challenge and interest them within a safe, welcoming, organized and supportive environment.

Develop a sense of self-responsibility.

When children are given the opportunity to make choices and solve problems, they develop knowledge of how the world operates and how they can function in it. Within a secure environment, children learn their actions and behaviors have consequences for themselves and for those around them.

Learn to trust and care about others.

Children need loving attention. They need to be with patient and nurturing teachers who are consistent in how they react to given behaviors. Teaching good character can help children make good decisions, begin trusting others and learn empathy and compassion.