Our mission is to lay a foundation for growth by facilitating learning, modeling positive behavior, and communicating with dignity and respect for all to create a nurturing and safe environment for our community of children, parents, student support staff, teachers, and greater Appalachian community.
Our philosophy is that children learn through play. Teachers facilitate learning by intentionally planning environments to engage children’s individual interests. Teachers are to be observers of, and partners in, children’s play. Learning is extended for children when they interact with their teachers and peers during free play in centers and in large and small group instruction. Observation is essential in identifying the interests of children and informing curriculum planning. We document children’s development through formal and informal observations to guide teacher support; challenging and reinforcing child learning.
The AppState CDC works to support the following goals for children:
- Providing high quality child care for children and families
- Ensuring children are cared for in a safe and nurturing environment
- Development of mutual goals established by parents and teachers during conferences and other times during the year as needed
- Valuing early childhood as a unique period of development that should be supported and not rushed
- Fostering a love of learning through play and exploration
- Supporting the social and emotional growth of children
- Providing a balanced curriculum that supports: Approaches to Play and Learning; Emotional and Social Development;
- Health and Physical Development; Language Development and Communication; Cognitive Development
- Establishing reciprocal relationships founded on respect and communication
- Sharing knowledge with families on a variety of early childhood topics