We are incredibly proud of the work that we do and that we were chosen as one of three programs to be video-taped by the New York State Education Departments Office of Early Learning. The video-tapes are part of the teaching and leadership initiative to support quality practices in early childhood settings. We are committed to the frameworks that NAEYC has provided to ensure that all children have a bright future and are in programs that understand and reflect an environment where children, families and staff are respected and represented.
We humbly acknowledge that learning never stops and that if we do not engage in a constant cycle of reflection and curiosity, we do not belong in classrooms or environments that influence and impact children’s mental health and self esteem. We create courageous and brave spaces to support the psychological safety of our children and staff and work to understand and implement practices based on scientifically supported research (neuroscience, the science of development and learning, etc.)
We believe that all educators and practitioners in early childhood deserve to feel joy and we are committed in our fight for early childhood reform. You are able to have a positive impact on children’s future learning, that is the truth. For children to be supported in classrooms where they are fully represented and their interests drive learning, you have to be supported in your development of reflection and joyous practice.
We are part of the State’s leading with racial equity initiative because we believe that change is necessary, that archaic research needs to be retired, that our classrooms need to represent the children, and that children deserve better from all of us.