girlsbannerThe Eden Early Childhood Development Center enhances the social, emotional, and educational well-being of children by providing an array of learning experiences inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. EYFC offers a curriculum that challenges, encourages, and supports children in their quest for knowledge, recognizing the development stages of childhood and the unique gifts, talents, and abilities of each child.

Mission Statement:

The Eden Early Childhood Development Center provides a safe, nurturing environment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers based upon developmentally appropriate practices and the current research in the field of child development. We strive to provide the highest quality of care at an affordable cost for our community.

Philosophy

The Eden Early Childhood Development Center believes that children learn best when they are fully engaged and interested. We provide a play environment that supports children to develop skills necessary to construct their own knowledge, prepares them for their next school environment and encourages them to become life-long learners. Parents are viewed as an essential part of our program. Each family’s values, expectations, and culture add to the richness of our program.

Our program draws its inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach. The Reggio Approach emphasizes the involvement of children, staff and parents in the learning experience. Education is viewed as an experiential process. Questions and natural curiosity are fuel for investigation in the classroom and children and adults are all a part of the interactive and supportive learning environment where children guide the learning process.

We Believe:

  • Each child is a competent learner
  • The environment should be rich in possibilities that invite exploration and problem solving
  • Children construct their own knowledge from direct interaction with the environment
  • Topics of interest, as opposed to pre planned ‘themes’ emerge when children have opportunities to explore, discover and investigate
  • Questions are more important than answers; learning is more important than structured instruction
  • Children’s learning is most meaningful in the context of social interaction
  • Children have multiple symbolic languages to express understandings
  • Creative arts including drama, dance, and music is exercise for the brain
  • Documentation of children’s work in progress is an important tool in the learning process for children, teachers, and parents
  • Children need to experience learning, researching, thinking, collaboration, and problem solving with caring adults
  • Conflicts among children are ‘teachable moments’; empathy emerges gradually over time
  • In small group learning experiences
  • Low ratios for quality care
  • Primary care giving helps to foster strong, trusting attachments
  • Partnerships with parents are the foundation for a child’s experience at school
  • In promoting life-long learning for our children and our staff
  • Diversity strengthens our program
  • All children have a right to PLAY!

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