Philosophy & Curriculum:
Curriculum - Positive Discipline - Inclusion
Montgomery Child Care Association centers implement The Creative Curriculum and Developmental Continuum
Toolkit®, a research-validated curriculum and assessment for young children that is approved by our Maryland State Department of Education.
This child-centered, play-based curriculum fosters each child's growth and learning
through activities that promote healthy development and long-term educational achievement.
Our developmentally appropriate curriculum emerges from careful observation of the
children in each classroom. Each teaching team uses a formal system for observing
their children's developmental stages and interests.
During weekly planning, these observations help the team recognize what their children
are ready to learn next, in order to plan appropriate hands-on activities within the
framework of The Creative Curriculum®. Weekly lesson plans and daily routines are
posted and shared with families.
Assessment of each child's development goes on throughout the year, and is shared
with you at regularly scheduled Parent Conferences, or upon request.
Why Child-Centered and Play-Based?
The recent explosion in brain research shows that the human brain learns best when:
- The body is safe, healthy, fed and well-rested
The emotional context is positive and optimistic
The learner considers the experience meaningful and relevant
The activity is multi-sensory and experience-based
There are opportunities for the learner to "try again" with self-chosen repetition
The learning takes place within warm, caring and supportive relationships
These principles are at the heart of a child-centered, play-based curriculum.
At Montgomery Child Care programs you will see:
Children learning language, math, science and more, through exploration and
discovery with open-ended materials from choices like art, blocks, music and
Ample one-on-one attention from and conversation with a consistent, loving,
Active outdoor time that contributes to emotional and cognitive development,
as well as physical development
Daily reading and story times that children look forward to as an introduction
to the world of literacy
Opportunities for quiet time and rest.
At Montgomery Child Care Association, we believe the goal of discipline is to guide children towards self-control.
We provide a secure, comfortable environment where children are guided by clear and
consistent limits. To model appropriate behavior and alternatives to violence, we
do not use punishment in our programs. We help children learn appropriate ways to
express their feelings, and we model respect, trust, honesty and caring for others.
We approach child guidance from a child development perspective. Techniques such
as distraction and redirection are used with our youngest children. As children
grow, we add to these approaches and use more language. We label children's feelings
and help them learn to express their feelings in words. As their cognitive abilities
develop, we discuss and implement the logical consequences of inappropriate behavior.
We actively engage our schoolage children in making the rules for their program and practicing conflict resolution strategies.
This active involvement helps our schoolagers grow in self-esteem and personal power-traits
which will help them resist peer pressure, gangs and other potentially negative influences
throughout their lives.
At Montgomery Child Care Association, we honor the uniqueness of each child,
and welcome all children regardless of developmental abilities. We regularly observe all our children, to identify each child's strengths
and areas of emerging growth and to provide strategies to support each child.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we welcome and include
children with special needs. An individual consultation helps us determine whether
our program can meet the needs of your child.
When a child needs additional support, our staff and your family will work as
a team to develop a comprehensive plan for your child. Our Education Director and mental health consultants may help in this
planning. We work closely with your family, your child's school and county agencies
serving children with special needs.