Our Mission is to provide inclusive, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate experiences for all preschool-age children. These experiences are designed to promote the social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development of each child. Our ultimate goal is to support and nurture the strengths and needs of all the children.
At the Salem Early Childhood Center we are firmly grounded in the principles of early childhood development and education, we believe that young children learn best in a safe, nurturing environment which provided opportunities for children to learn and develop through individually appropriate activites. Our program provides a rich environment that promotes children's active exploration in all areas of development: physical, social, emotional, linguistic, aesthetic, and cognitive. Curriculum is integrated into the classroom through a thematic approach whereby learning activities are concrete, real, and relevant. We believe learning is an interactive process between the teachers and the children. Teachers prepare the environment and plan activities that are appropriate for the age span of the children
within the group and consider the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of individual children. Children are provided opportunities to make choices about which activites and materials they will use. Teachers stimulate and extend knowledge by asking questions and making suggestions. Language development and communication are emphasized. Children have opportunities to play and work with other children; make choices and encounter consequences, and negotiate social conflicts using appropriate language. Teachers respond quickly to each child's needs. Teachers model respect, acceptance, and empathy. Teachers support each child's accomplishments by providing positive verbal encouragement.
Salem Public Schools