The Evergreen Child Development Center's philosophy is based on principles of child growth and development. By consistently providing nurturing care in a stimulating and challenging, yet safe environment, staff are dedicated to enhance each child's individuality, celebrate each child's uniqueness, and help each child begin his or her lifetime of learning.
We provide an environment where discipline occurs naturally through problem solving, limit setting, and redirection. When children as young as infancy are given the opportunity to solve problems, they will become more independent and more confident to explore their world around them. When reasoning and talking do not solve unacceptable behaviors, then natural and logical consequences will.
Children need and want time and freedom to experiment, explore, move, laugh, think, and be creative. Our center offers opportunities and experiences to children, nurtures growth and learning, and supports ideas through communication. The experiences provided to the children are designed to nurture their development in the following areas:
- Cognitive development is the foundation of abstract thoughts and the ability to think, reason, and problem solve. Children discover and learn through exploration, trial and error, pretending, imitating, and effective communication, which develop the foundation for their educational experience.
- Children develop math concepts by sorting, counting, comparing, measuring, working with shapes.
- Children are provided opportunities to understand how objects can be used, for example, the blocks stack together.
- Children develop science concepts by having opportunities to explore and make predictions; experiment, analyze, and make resolutions to solve problems; and explore the outdoor environment, including planting and caring for a garden, and take walks.
- Social emotional development is the child's growing ability to understand his/her own self apart from others and learn respect for other people and their feelings.
- Dramatic play is looked at as an essential part of the curriculum as children learn to cooperate, negotiate; develop friendships; and recognize and accept differences.
- Children are given time to resolve conflicts with the help of supportive teachers.
- Children develop a sense of belonging to the center community.
- Language development is the child's growing ability to communicate successfully with others to build relationships, share meaning, and express needs in multiple ways.
- Language development and the ability to communicate with others is central to the formation of relationships which are vital to every phase of the child's growth.
- Teachers encourage children to express their ideas and thoughts as they take dictation.
- Preschoolers daily use clipboards, paper, and pens to write letters, fill out "forms", and make drawing representations.
- Physical development is the child's growing ability to use one's body to interact with the environment.
- Children are given opportunities to develop their gross motor skills by running, climbing, riding bikes, playing organized games, such as Duck Duck Goose, and moving their bodies to the sounds of music.
- Children take walks around the campus and through the woods.
- Children are provided opportunities to enhance their fine motor skills by batting at toys, holding a spoon or fork, putting a puzzle together, and stacking blocks.
- Children are permitted to take risks that will further their physical development.
Family participation plays an integral part in our program. By establishing and maintaining strong rapport between families and staff and supporting home to school transitions by offering consistency, we give peace of mind to families.
Our goal is to encourage each child to:
- Reach for personal independence;
- Feel confident in his/her skills;
- Feel safe to try new activities, tasks, and lessons without fear of failure or making mistakes; and
- Become excited about learning.