Early Childhood Education and Extended Day Programs

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Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

The Northville Public Schools Early Childhood Education and Extended Day curriculum is child initiated and teacher framed.  Intentionally planned learning opportunities are designed based on the interests and needs of individual children in the class. Our licensed and accredited programs are committed to help each child develop to his/her fullest potential; socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and creatively.  Children have opportunities to develop and learn in small group activities, one on one work with an adult and in large group experiences.
 
We recognize and respect each child's family background, learning style, thought process and unique developmental level.  We know that children accomplish their best learning through play and social interaction.
 
The role of the teacher is to create an atmosphere of respect and autonomy; a climate in which there is a balance of reason, choice, trust, spontaneity, appropriate limits and challenge. Adults view children as competent and full of potential.  The teacher's knowledge of individual children, materials and effective teaching approaches helps support children's growth to the next levels.