Executive Director Friends Center for Children New Haven, CT
Drawn from the strength of world-renowned early childhood approaches including Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Friends Center for Children, Tools of the Mind, Bank Street College of Education, and Waldorf, these principles outline core concepts that form the foundation of quality early education or “Ideal Learning.” These principles allow for multiple approaches, models, and traditions, and take into account the varied contexts within which early educators and care providers work. Several essential beliefs weave throughout, including a commitment to play, relationship-based interactions, an ecologically-focused, child-centered perspective; equity; and a strength-based and inquiry-based approach with children, adults and families. Together, they balance principles of attachment and independence that are meaningful for young children’s development.
Associate Vice President, Education Center Bank Street College of Education
Coursework Instructor and Supervised Fieldwork Advisor Bank Street College of Education
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