CDC Program Philosophy
Children deserve to be in an aesthetic environment that respects and understands the process of growth and development of the child. We believe play is the natural medium through which growth and development can best be realized for each child.
Therefore, we reflect an emergent developmentally appropriate curriculum in a natural setting. See Appendix for classroom daily schedules.
Play and Emergent Curriculum
While children play, they put their ideas into action. They learn to communicate effectively. They discover how to get along with other children.
They make things happen and enjoy a sense of competence. Play allows children to experiment, and problem solve. It fosters the ability to focus attention and to concentrate for long periods of time.
Play provides opportunities for children to express their thinking and feelings. It requires authentic learning experiences, fosters imagination, and encourages children to generate creative ideas.
Learning experiences are developmentally appropriate and are matched with the age of the child, their individual interests, their abilities, and their temperament.
Workbooks, coloring books, and pre-cut art materials are ready-made adult models for children that provide little or no opportunity for individuality and creativity. A rich array of natural materials and authentic learning experiences enables the child's involvement in a full range of activities.
Learning experiences are child-directed rather than teacher-directed. Children are presented with many opportunities for selecting materials, initiating activities themselves, participating in activities others have chosen, and following through to satisfactory completion.
Children are given ample opportunity and time to discover, invent, create, feel, taste, touch, and enjoy a full range of activities within the classroom and college campus.
The curriculum is ethnically diverse, non-sexist, and anti-biased as demonstrated by use of appropriate learning materials, books, pictures, foods, and how teachers respond to children’s individual needs.
We have a diverse staff and are often assisted by our parent and student groups in providing ethnic and cultural experiences, food, dress, and celebrations. It is our goal to create an environment and foster interactions that provide children with the opportunity to:
- Understand differences and similarities among children and adults.
- Foster a spirit of inquiry and critical thinking through an emergent, play-based curriculum.
- Appreciate nature, the outdoor environment, and the outcomes of sustainable practices.
- Develop a positive self-concept and healthy self-image.
- Establish and maintain relationships with teachers and peers based on mutual respect and trust through a developing understanding of the social and cultural environment.
- Commutate effectively.
- Build physical strength, skills, and muscular coordination.
- Practice safe and healthy nutritional and self-care habits.
- Develop problem-solving skills and to think creatively.
- Manage emotions and express feelings appropriately.