Our Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide high quality childcare and community support services for the residents of our Gulf Shore community.

Playing in the snowOur programs nurture individual learning development through a variety of activities that stimulate the following:

  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Self-esteem and decision making
  • Interaction and respect for others
  • Gross and fine motor development
  • Good health and nutrition
  • Peace and appreciation of differences

This is provided in a warm, caring and safe atmosphere through play experiences and the guidance of trained and experienced staff.

Our commitment embodies respect and support for families and staff utilizing our services, the collaborative efforts of parents, staff, board members, and community partners. Opportunities for optimal growth in all areas of development are provided for every child.

Understanding Emergent Curriculum

Emergent curriculum is always evolving. It is flexible and responsive. It builds on individual children’s strengths, needs and interests.

It is collaborative. It provides the adults and the children the opportunity to contribute in the decision making and it makes the children’s learning and educators’ thinking visible. Emergent Curriculum is often spontaneous and responsive to an immediate situation.

The topics that emerge from play are linked to the child’s experiences at home, in their community and to conversations that emerge between children, educators, and parents. Ideas are supported and extended by books, crafts and experiments.

The benefits for children are that they are agents of their own learning; they take responsibility for their learning; they are motivated, and it provides children the time to develop self-expression, oral language and creative abilities. Emergent curriculum focuses on strengths and interests while improving weaknesses. It helps create confident, self-assured children who are eager to learn. Emergent curriculum nurtures positive social skills, encourages creative problem solving, and supports the developmental growth of each child. It provides parents and educators with engaged and enthusiastic children, and a chance to participate in the learning.

Educators co-explore with the children. Educators observe and encourage their discoveries, recognizing teachable moments where they can engage the children in problem solving. The educators build continuity by connecting the child’s prior knowledge; they can challenge thinking and support each child. Educators promote the development of necessary skills while documenting the activities by pictures, artwork and written observation.

Children learn in a number of different ways including experimenting, touching, talking, choosing and doing. The first step as an educator is to acknowledge the fact that each child is different and may learn in a different way.

Centers-based learning allows the children to learn at their own pace, while not having to feel the pressure to finish certain activity in a specified time. Each center is dedicated to one type of learning i.e. math, science, language arts, etc. While each center is dedicated to a subject, there should be numerous ways available to the child to tackle and learn about the subject. This is the secret to getting every child’s best work.

Emergent curriculum is to follow the child’s needs. Each and every moment can hold a wide range of feelings and interests for a child. There are always questions to pursue, discoveries to celebrate and other things to investigate. Curriculum can happen all day if allowed to, never letting a teaching opportunity pass.