The word education comes from the Latin root EDUCARE (e-du-ka-re).
Educare means to bring out that which is from within. What is within?
Human Values are latent in every human being; one cannot acquire them from outside. Every child comes with this inheritance. All the child needs is for us to reintroduce these values to him/her. Once these values are brought to the forefront of his/her consciousness, the child gladly embraces them. With very little help from us the child begins to understand how he/she can bring joy and happiness into the lives of all those who come his/her way.
What sets our Center apart from others is our “Education in Human Values” program that is integrated throughout the curriculum. The children are taught the universal values of Love, Truth, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-Violence. Children learn about these values through clear and short definitions, quotations, songs, stories, role-playing, interacting with other people as well as, experiencing them within the Center’s environment.
A curriculum that focuses on developing the child in this manner is a wonderful asset to the family. We believe in a holistic growth of your child. This cannot be done without bringing out the natural goodness found in our innocent children. To do this we place great importance on the education of human values.
The practical demonstration of these values by the child along with the acquisition of knowledge and skills; is the most precious success story of what education is all about.
At Educare Children’s Center, we recognize play as a vital part of the children’s development. Through play, children learn from other children, they make discoveries on their own, make choices and find out what interests them while experiencing a wide range of emotions. Play is natural to young children and should be regarded as an important use of their time. By interacting with their peers, children learn about the world, their power in it, and their effect on other children.
Indoors, children are exposed to a variety of dramatic play furniture and materials that reflect their daily life and encourage exploration and discovery. Our outdoor space is also an open invitation for play and social interaction.
Birthdays – Celebration of Life
If your child’s birthday falls on a day that he/she attends school, it will be celebrated at 10:30 am during circle time. The birthday child holds the globe and walks around the sun once for each year of his/her age. After each orbit, the child imagines what he/she was like at age one, age two, age three, etc. You are welcome to send pictures of your child at different ages and share details about the milestones he/she achieved each year. The classmates then sing happy birthday in both English and Spanish.
Academic Program: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Children who are enrolled in the Academic Program are welcome to have a celebration at 10:30 am with their classmates. If the family wishes to bring a special snack, it should be a food group that complements the fresh fruit that is provided by the center. A bigger celebration in the afternoon needs to be approved by the Center’s director.
All Day Program: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Children who are enrolled in the All Day Program are welcome to celebrate their birthday either at 10:30 am with their classmates or at 3:00 pm with the children from both classrooms who are enrolled in the All Day Program. If you wish to have a big celebration, we suggest that it takes place in the afternoon. The center will provide fresh fruit for the children and parents are responsible for bringing something to complement the children’s snack. Teachers are available to assist; however, parents are responsible for the set-up, execution and clean-up of the party. If a child who is enrolled in the academic program is invited to the celebration, he/she needs to be accompanied by a parent and the center needs to be informed ahead of time in order to prepare enough fruit for all children. For our children’s safety, only pull-string piñatas are allowed at the center. Piñatas and goody bags should be filled with novelty items that are preschool age appropriate. Goody bags will be opened at home. Please keep in mind that small objects and hard candy are chocking hazards for young children. All the details of the celebration need to be communicated to the center at least two days in advance.
All celebrations should take place on a day that your child normally attends school and need to be approved by the center’s director.
Field trips are arranged during the school year with appropriate notice to families and a permission form to be signed and returned to the Center. Families are requested to assist with transportation and supervision on the field trips if your schedule allows. Families who volunteer to drive other children are only authorized to drive the children to the field trip destination and back to the Center. Proof of insurance, a valid driver’s license and car seats are required.
Children experience security where there is consistent adult guidance and discipline. Adults, in their role of caring for children, model, teach, and reinforce pro-social behavior. Teachers use constructive and consistent methods of discipline in order to maintain a peaceful and nurturing environment that supports learning.
The teachers do not use negative physical touching such as spanking, slapping, tapping, pulling, pinching, etc. Additionally, teachers do not use humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse, or interference with daily living functions.
The teachers are trained in observation to anticipate possible conflicts and to prepare the environment to minimize difficult situations. Natural and logical consequences, redirecting, active listening and I-messages are techniques used by teachers.
Consistent ground rules, examples and reminders of proper behavior result in clarity for children a majority of the time. In situations in which the array of techniques do not produce expected results, the Center’s position is that this environment is not meeting the child’s needs and a more suitable environment is required.
Assertive Communication through I-messages: I-messages are statements containing three or four key parts that can be put together and used to communicate assertively. Here are the key parts of an I-message: Part 1: “I feel” or “I am” or “I have”; Part 2: “when”; Part 3: “I want”, “I need”; Part 4: “because”.