Our Philosophy of Learning

DNPCCNS offers a caring, positive, and happy atmosphere in which preschoolers can learn.  As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to experiences that support a good self-image, the building of social skills, and an exploration of the world around them.

We attempt to meet the needs of all children who attend our school, including those with special needs.  We treat each child as an individual, working from the level each child has attained and moving forward a step at a time.  We introduce sensory, motor, perceptual, and language skills through materials and activities that are both child-centered and teacher-directed.  In addition, we include activities that emphasize the process rather than the product.  This fosters a sense of accomplishment and pride in a child at every stage of development and mastery.

As children meet developmental milestones at various ages, our staff, along with the Director of Education are constantly assessing our students to identify developmental delays.  If these delays are of concern we will work with you and your child to recommend the proper early interventions.  In this way we are unique as we connect you to specialists and district child study teams in order to ensure your child’s developmental as well as social and emotional success in school.

Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition.  Structured activities and free-choice, as well as active and quiet times are balanced within the daily schedule.  We teach a love of learning, and encourage children to experience their own growth and development with feelings of success rather than pressure.

We value the active involvement of parents in our program, both through committee work and through their presence in the classroom.  Helping-parent days enable the children to see their parents as important and concerned members of the new school environment, while at the same time providing parents with opportunities to view their child with teachers and other children.  Parents gain valuable insights and techniques from the expertise of the staff and at the same time, share their own talents and interests to maintain the excellent quality of DNPCCNS.  School becomes a shared experience that hopefully will continue throughout each child’s educational process.