The Kids' Place

Vision

The Kids’ Place creates a love of lifelong learning and positive social change by honoring and trusting children, engaging families, and inspiring educators.

Mission

The Kids’ Place transforms the lives of young children through play in partnership with families and teachers.

Values

  • Integrity in Practice:

    Bring playful joy to our work while fulfilling our mission with honesty and equity.

  • Leadership in Community:

    Model innovative early childhood education practices and pursue ongoing professional development.

  • Learning in Relationship:

    Nurture trusting relationships with one another to build empathy, critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity in a welcoming environment.

Curriculum Philosophy

Curriculum Philosophy

Play is a child’s work. The Kids’ Place espouses a play-based emergent curriculum. Teachers collaborate with families to support children exploring their interests through play. Collaborative group work, both large and small, is considered valuable and necessary to advance cognitive development. Children are encouraged to dialogue, critique, compare, negotiate, hypothesize, and problem solve through group work. Multiple perspectives promote both a sense of group membership and the uniqueness of self.

Projects and Documentation: Children work on projects throughout the year. Projects are in-depth studies of concepts, ideas, and interests as they arise. Teachers document children’s individual learning process through daily notes, photos, and portfolios.

Environment: Great attention is given to the look and feel of the classroom. Teachers carefully organize space for small and large group projects and small intimate spaces for one, two or three children.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Teachers work with an understanding of early childhood development and individualize learning to meet each child’s need. Teachers design and provide for the environment, materials, and activities to suit children’s changing developmental needs. Teachers work with families to identify what stage children are at in all developmental domains: physical (fine and gross motor), intellectual (cognitive), linguistic, social, and emotional.