What is Our Philosophy?
PROGRAM PHILOSPHY: The Early Learning Center incorporates the most current practices in Early Childhood Education and fosters children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. The Early Learning Center serves EvCC students, staff, and community member’s children and provides high-quality care and education. We foster the larger mission of the college by supporting student success from our youngest learners through college completion.
The staff at the Early Learning Center believes that children learn best in a respectful, supportive and nurturing environment where they are encouraged by caring adults who observe and learn beside them. We believe that children should be given time and appropriate materials to engage in hands-on exploration, problem-solving, and experimenting. Knowing each child is unique, teachers create custom lesson plans and classroom environments to nurture the child’s creativity. With our small group sizes and low child-to-teacher ratios, children experience the joy of learning in an environment that fosters self-esteem and individuality. Our teachers are advocates for children who support and encourage them to develop academically and socially. As they listen to and learn with each child, they assess and guide the learning process and empower children to make sense of their world.
We know that families are the child’s first and most important teacher. Family involvement and connectedness is an integral piece of what makes our program strong. Families are always welcome and their role in informing and partnering with teachers is what creates the best possible learning environment for the child.
We believe families are a child’s first and most important teachers, and do our best to be respectful partners in children’s care and education. We see the early learning years as a remarkable and exciting time to be involved in the life of a child.
Families stay involved in the care and education of their children through parent education classes and volunteering in their child’s classroom, where they also build relationships with teachers and each other.
Children at the Early Learning Center also benefit from the participation of Early Childhood Education students, student work study participants, as well as student and community volunteers.