child development center philosophy
The Harbor College Child Development Center provides young children with a caring, safe and creative preschool experience. The program's philosophy is primarily designed to allow children to develop a positive self-concept by setting up an environment of acceptance, encouragement and praise. The staff helps children to conceive of themselves as people who can solve problems and relate to other people effectively.
Each child is recognized as an individual with separate needs, feelings and backgrounds. The Center encourages each child to develop at his/her own speed and to attempt new challenges when he/she/it is ready. The things that make each child different also make each child special.
The program provides a variety of indoor and outdoor creative experiences in the areas of art, music, dance, dramatic play, science and language development. The environment is free flowing with many activities introduced, yet each child may decide what is important for him/her to do at the time. Having the opportunity to develop socially with other young children is essential, yet having a place and the time to be alone is equally important. Children learn to make choices for themselves.
The campus Child Development Center emphasizes the importance of play in a child's overall development. This is the method used most often for learning by young children. Problem solving tasks can be successfully accomplished through puzzles and small manipulative toys. Taking apart, connecting, stacking, fitting and sorting are all vital in a child's mental and small muscular development. At the center, we strive to instill a sense of responsibility in the children. Finishing a task is as important as beginning it. This includes putting away something that has been taken out. The good feeling of someone saying "you did it!" or "you really worked hard" is the kind of positive reinforcement a child appreciates hearing and which will encourage him to accept more difficult challenges in the future.
This total development occurs as a result of an atmosphere that is warm and open, in which adults truly enjoy, respect and relate positively to children. The center strives to make this "The Child's World."