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Guiding Principles

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  • Families are recognized as the child’s first and most important teachers.
  • A child’s development reflects the cultural, linguistic, individual family and community diversity.  HSD’s Preschool environment will honor, respect, and support the child’s culture, language, family and community throughout the curriculum.
  • Expectations for children must be guided by an understanding of a child’s growth and development.
  • Young children learn through play and active exploration of their environment.  They need large blocks of time to actively engage in a variety of activities.
  • All children are unique in their development and progress at different rates.  Early childhood professionals must assess each child’s development and provide experiences that nurture their individual needs.
  • A child’s social and emotional competence is an essential foundation for all later learning.
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