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boston college children's center

Shark - Explorers

Goals for Children

What we anticipate for the children in our care

  • To have opportunities to develop and build their self-esteem.
  • To gain self-respect and respect for others, which we believe children gain through mastery of tasks appropriate to their developmental level.
  • Tasks that are open-ended, creative, and an end in themselves.
  • For all children to feel special, included, and accepted, and their home culture and language reflected in their classroom environment.
  • To develop age-appropriate fine- and gross-motor coordination.
  • To gain independence through the ability to separate from parents and feel comfortable at school. Also gained through mastery of self-help skills.
  • Ability to play and learn cooperatively through mastering appropriate social skills.
  • Gain knowledge about themselves, others, and the world around them.
  • Exhibit self-regulation. Develop the ability to cooperate with adults and each other and/or use words and other negotiating/coping strategies.
  • Respect others' rights and property and listen to their words.
  • Develop cognitive readiness skills and concepts that will lead to critical thinking and reasoning through studying content areas and exploring learning centers and units that are meaningful and interesting to children.
  • Confidence that children gain from achieving the above goals.

Goals for Families

  • Families will feel welcomed and respected in our program.
  • Parent will feel encouraged to give input regarding their child’s growth and development.
  • Teachers and parents form a collaborative relationship.
  • Parents feel positive about their child’s education and care.