The center is a good place for children to learn appropriate behavior and to develop an awareness of their feelings and those of others. Children are encouraged to work out their problems by talking and listening to one another first, with help from the teacher if necessary. The teachers respond in ways that support the child’s feelings while setting limits on behavior. Directing a child to another activity will often solve a potential conflict before it develops, and offering two choices usually gives the child an opportunity to maintain some independence, while strengthening decision-making skills. Using positive guidance techniques that reinforced appropriate behavior, and minimize attention to inappropriate behavior (unless it is harmful to the child or another child or a teacher) is considered “best practice”. No abusive, humiliating, or frightening punishment is ever used. Parents may be asked to come to the center for a conference with the Director when parental advice is sought. Extreme behavior such as biting or temper tantrums often can be dangerous to the other children present in the group. Strategies for helping the child overcome difficult behavior patterns can be helpful to the child and the teachers caring for the child. In cases of extreme difficulties, every good faith effort will be put in place by the teachers and professional services available to the center.
Our goal is to offer a safe and appropriate place for children to develop the best social and emotional skills while in our care.