Our Educational Philosophy

At the Most Terrific Child Center, we believe that children learn best through exploration and hands on experiences. They acquire the ability to relate to the world around them through active engagement with their environment. We foster their ability to make connections between the way we live and the content of our classes with real-world experiences.


The classrooms at Most Terrific Child Center are organized into activity centers. The day is scheduled into blocks of time meeting the physical needs of the children and providing both teacher-directed and self-selected activities. Throughout the day there is a balance between indoor and outdoor time, active and quiet activities, and individual and group routines. The schedule provides a familiar framework for the children that is secure and consistent. The areas or activities that you will see throughout the classrooms include:

  • Literacy

  • Table toys/Manipulatives

  • Music and Movement

  • Socio-dramatic play

  • Sensory  (Sand /Water/Tactile)

  • Blocks

  • Science

  • Outdoor Play

  • Meals and Naps

  • Self-Care Activities


  • To provide a nurturing, supportive environment in which children, parents, and staff are valued and treated with dignity and respect

  • To create an environment for children where routines and boundaries are consistent, clear and predictable

  • To offer a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for children in the center, meeting their individual needs and allowing them to make choices.

  • To encourage children to think, reason, question, investigate, and experiment through engagement with materials, tools, people, language, ideas, and concepts.

  • To expand children’s language, literacy, and cognitive development through observations and interactions with the environment

  • To assist children with their development of social skills and problem-solving abilities through cooperative play

  • To foster positive self-identity and sense of emotional well being in children

  • To support children in the development of self-expression, representation and appreciation for the arts

  • To develop the children’s physical well-being by encouraging and demonstrating healthy, safe, and nutritional practices

  • To respect and respond to cultural diversity

  • To establish and maintain a positive relationship with the parents and community allowing for growth and learning

  • To present staff with the opportunity for professional growth and development

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