• Fosters a knowledge and appreciation of a variety of cultures through the respectful introduction of art, music, foods, clothing, literature, and customs. • Reflects the pluralistic nature of New Mexican society. • Involves children in learning experiences within the community • Bases daily activities on the continuous observation, guidance, and assessment of individual children and their interactions with others. • Encourages children to actively engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate experiences which will: 1. Foster each child’s positive self-concept 2. Respect cultural diversity of themselves and others 3. Enhance social skills 4. Nurture communication and language development 5. Stimulate creative expression 6. Extend each child’s capacity for thinking, reasoning, questioning, and experimenting. 7. Provide sound health, safety, and nutritional practices. 8. Develop physical competence and coordination. 9. Foster each child’s development of self-control. 10. Foster in children a respect for the natural environment and encourage environmentally sound principals.
• Recognizes the importance of sensory experiences in early development • Uses care giving as an opportunity to deepen relationships with infants; and supports their development through sensitivity to the child while performing routine tasks. • Recognizes and attends to the individual rhythms of each child • Attends to the affective needs of those present • Provides a predictable daily routine to instill a sense of security, which flexibly allows for individual preferences and independent choices. Each day will incorporate a balance of: 1. indoor and outdoor play 2. Quiet and active times 3. Large group and small group, as well as individual, activities 4. Activities using both large and small muscles 5. Child initiated activities as well as adult initiated activities.
• Activities provide learning opportunities through: 1. The many types of play 2. Familiar day-to-day routines 3. Opportunities for social interaction with peers and adults 4. Opportunities which are challenging both physically and intellectually. 5. Transitions times.
• Ensures that the daily plan is designed to encourage positive behaviors • Respects the child’s first language and encourages it as much as possible. • Displays children’s creations. • Provides opportunities for spontaneous play each day. • Encourages children to assert their rights in socially acceptable ways • Nurtures children’s understanding and respect of the rights of others. • Develops and facilitates policies of guiding children’s behavior. • Recognizes that play is the primary mode of learning