Our Philosophy

As teachers, we work to enhance the children's feelings of self-worth and to provide them with an atmosphere in which they can develop satisfying relationships with other children and adults from a wide range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

 It is our philosophy that the role of the program is to provide a positive, consistent, and productive environment in which the child can grow and develop at his or her own pace.  The environment is structured yet flexible, and allows for the personal, social, physical and intellectual growth of each child throughout the year.  We provide an inviting space in which the child can choose from a wide variety of educational activities as well as learning and play materials.

The children in our care are encouraged through a developmentally-appropriate curriculum for each group to be active learners and problem-solvers.  The children in our care are also encouraged to express themselves with enthusiasm and spontaneity, and to develop independent and outgoing personalities.  They welcome the challenge of trying new things and learning how to handle those times when they make mistakes.  They develop skills to deal with conflict and change, how to set standards of behavior and performance, as well as accept responsibility.

We have adopted an anti-bias curriculum approach.  The anti-bias approach to teaching provides opportunities and experiences in an effort to counter every day biases that a child may develop on their own in order to help them identify with other human beings and develop a sensitivity, understanding, and respect for those that may appear to be different.

The children are encouraged to exercise their natural curiosity to explore their environment.  They are provided with materials to creatively express their experiences, ideas, and feelings.  Through reading, talking, story telling and make-believe, the children in our care have an opportunity to explore the use (s) of language.  The program also provides daily opportunities for children to test out their developing bodies, intellects, and interests.  We understand that, at times, children need to be alone or play quietly and we provide places as well as supervision for these quiet times.  A large, safe, and well-equipped outdoor play deck is located immediately outside the classroom, providing us the opportunity for daily outside play, weather permitting.

Well nourished physically active children who are free from illness are generally happy children.  The children in our care develop confidence in using their bodies and learn to take responsibility for their bodily functions.

Because our staff has been carefully chosen for their warmth and ability to communicate, as well as for their professional skills, the children in our care are encouraged to develop trusting relationships with adults outside their immediate families.

 

Child Guidance

The Transportation Children's Center has a respectful attitude toward children.  Our primary aim is to develop children's abilities to discipline and control themselves.  We want children to learn to solve minor disagreements by themselves.  We encourage children to talk about what is bothering them and explain their feelings to each other.  The teachers help the children work things out by offering a choice of solutions.  This allows the child to have some control over the situation and requires him or her to think about what he or she wants.

 

Assessments/Progress Reports

Assessments are completed three times a year and are used as a tool to both track each child's individual progress and to assist the staff in determining where the children are on an individual basis and as a group.  The assessments are used to plan the curriculum and to develop goals and lesson plans that reflect the development of the individual child and of the class in all areas of development.  A copy of the assessment is sent home and parent conferences are held twice a year to share with the parent the child's developmental landmarks and growth over the year.  Individual portfolios are maintained for each child in the classroom.