Core Values

Connection and Community

Relationship is at the heart of our practice. We believe that children, families, and teachers deserve the time and space to connect within our community. Children deserve to have a soft place to land, a group of people who are full of love for them, and who will always be standing by them with honesty, clarity, and trust in their capacities. Families deserve to feel a solid connection to their child’s life at school. They deserve warmth, understanding, and representation within the physical and psychological boundaries of the school. Our teachers and staff deserve to feel the connection of community in order to find deeper meaning in their work, and to invest in the profound practice of the work we do as early childhood educators.

Play and Risk

We believe in the playful, organic process of learning, both individually and as a community. We honor imagination in all its forms- as a foundation for risk-taking, and a platform to embrace challenges through which we grow and learn. We all deserve to have the room to make mistakes. We foster the spirit of engagement without pressure to perform. Through play both children and adults learn. Playing with ideas, identities, roles, materials, and media helps us to encounter new connections, relationships and insight. Our community deserves to imaginatively explore and research open-ended environments, and to engage deeply with the world.

Respect and Hope

We value children for who they are, what they know, and what they bring each day. Children deserve to be compassionately witnessed, honored, and heard, by which means we hope to support their formation of a positive image of self. Each family and teacher deserves to have their own unique history and culture present in the classroom. Through this valuing and representation we work toward a more understanding future where emotional, physical, and spiritual safety is the norm, and where difference is more widely celebrated.

Inquiry

We believe that children deserve the time and space to explore ideas, and to have questions that remain unanswered. We encourage children to make guesses and hypothesis, thereby learning to exist in a world that keeps presenting new opportunities, instead of definite answers. Families and teachers also deserve to live in this state of inquiry- sharing ideas, solving problems, asking questions, and making mistakes without fear of failure or lack of understanding. All community members have the right to document and reflect on their learning. Through this process of inquiry, we continue to question our own assumptions, motives, and choices, in order to become a more complex and understanding society.