Our Philosophy

Committee for Early Childhood Development Head Start utilizes a complete child development program. We target the child’s whole learning environment, including health, nutrition, literacy, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

We believe that parents are a child’s first teacher, since they have the greatest influence on and responsibility for their child. Regular home visits and parent conferences help us provide continual opportunities for parents to develop competence in parenting and child development and help increase parents’ self-respect and confidence in the process.

The curriculum model at CECD is Creative Curriculum. The main point of this curriculum is the belief that all children, regardless of age or ability, are able to make decisions and solve problems. Active learning is a key ingredient in this philosophy. Children learn better when they initiate the learning rather than being traditionally “instructed” by the teacher. The classroom environment is success oriented. Children learn through repetition, new experiences, and self-individualized activities. Each child learns at a different rate and in different ways.

Our program’s success is built upon an atmosphere of teamwork, cooperation, and communication. Equally important is the trust, respect, and confidence our team has for each other, regardless of cultural and/or ethnic background.

We at Committee for Early Childhood Development Head Start are committed to the philosophy that all children can learn. Therefore all preschool children between the ages of three and five years old living in this community deserve a comprehensive program of activities designed to stimulate and foster a readiness for learning.