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Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the CSUSB Children’s Center is based on a growing body of research, knowledge, and practices.

The Children’s Center is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, according equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry.  Persons with Disabilities are accorded equal treatment and access to services as long as the program can meet the needs of the child and/or the family. While parents are always welcome to share their culture and beliefs with children in an appropriate manner, the Children’s Center does not provide any religious instruction or worship.

The following principles form the philosophical framework for the Children’s Center:

  • We believe that relationships are the foundation for all learning and development.  The child’s development of knowledge of the social world and strategies for interacting with peers and adults is an important part of learning during the early childhood years.
  • We believe that children learn best in a warm, supportive, nurturing, respectful, safe atmosphere in which individual and cultural differences are valued.
  • We believe that young children learn and develop most effectively through active exploration, involvement, and manipulation of their environment. Play provides this interaction and is the natural mode of learning for young children.
  • We value the uniqueness of each child and focus on the development of the whole child (physical, social, emotional, language, creative and cognitive).
  • Our curriculum is designed to be appropriate to the developmental capabilities of each child and is implemented with attention to children’s differing needs, interests, and developmental levels.
  • We believe that parents are the primary educators for their children. We strongly believe in forming partnerships with families and keeping them involved in their child’s experience here at the Children’s Center.