Early Childhood Learning Philosophy

Child playing with magnetic letters on a whiteboard

At the CCSU Drop-In Child Care Center, we believe in high quality early childhood experiences that promote creative thinking and problem solving. Children have a natural desire to learn. Our highly trained teachers intentionally provide an atmosphere that is rich and warm with materials and opportunities for children to communicate, socialize, work, play, and negotiate with others. Our classrooms are designed to encourage curiosity, exploration and problem solving. Purposeful play is developmentally appropriate and a significant element of our program to enhance each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Our students become actively engaged in experiences which include foundations of math, science, social studies, creative art, language arts, music, movement, and dramatic play. Teachers design structured and unstructured activities and provide opportunities for children to work independently and collaboratively. Activities, experiences, and teacher-child interactions focus on the development of a positive self-concept, respect for others, and continued growth and development in creative thinking, cognition, early literacy skills, independence, self-sufficiency, fine and gross motor skills.