The purpose of early childhood education and care is to regognize that childhood experiences are a direct correlation to a child’s success in their education process and throughout life. Early childhood education hopes to achieve and foster a child’s phusical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. By achieving these goals children, parents, and families…ultimately, our society will be strengthened.
We believe that the early years are when the foundation for a child’s life is being formed. Children are born to learn and explore. It is an innate characteristic. It is our belief that they learn best by a balance of both teacher-directed and child-directed activities. They need to have access to environments that responds to and promotes individual differences, appreciation of individual capabilities, and respect regardless of a person’s health, development, economic, social status or their cultural background.
As early childhood educators, there are a lot of variables that we need to provide and assist our students with. Here are several examples:
*An environment surrounded by early childhood professionals who help students develop self-confidence and the ability to make appropriate choices and decisions.
*A place that provides opportunities for meaningful relationships with both adults and children.
*A rich responsive language atmosphere that reinforces both written and verbal communication.
A high quality early childhood program can be achieved through a collaboration of partnerships between teachers, families, professionals, and the community alike.