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Philosophy

boston college children's center

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The Center's philosophy, teachers, and curriculum support a developmental and predominately play-based approach to learning, which is incorporated in the daily activities and schedules. The teachers utilize the MA EEC guidelines for preschool experiences and frameworks in developing the curriculum. The emphasis is on exploration and process, questioning, and discovering while learning about topics interesting to young children.

Activities are designed to foster the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of young children by encouraging them to utilize their curiosity and to experience a variety of learning media. Classrooms are divided into learning center areas with developmentally appropriate activities available for a single child or small groups of children to enjoy. Areas such as blocks, painting and sculpture, dramatic play, music, language arts, and math challenge children to learn about themselves and the world around them.

Our qualified teachers are facilitators, helping children plan, select, and explore materials in ways that teach readiness skills and concepts. Teachers are selected on the basis of their extensive experience and education in the field of Early Childhood Education. They are creative experts in their field who care about young children and are dedicated to providing an exciting and nurturing place in which youngsters can grow.

Boston College is an institution that welcomes and encourages diversity in its population and programs. The affirmative action and nondiscrimination policies of the University extend to the Children's Center's admissions, administration, and educational programs. The University welcomes all, regardless of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or differing ability. The Children’s Center serves and acknowledges all types of families in its programming.

The Center is licensed and operates within the requirements and jurisdictions of the Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care (MAEEC). The Center is also nationally accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a branch of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).