~Realizing the Promise of Every Child~
Where inquiring minds, compassionate hearts, creative expression, healthy lives and service to the community develop, so all can learn, achieve and succeed.
We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of the FCECP is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community. We envision an early learning community in which staff:
- Unite to achieve a common purpose and clear goals;
- Work together and with community partners in collaborative teams;
- Seek and implement promising strategies for improving the achievement and outcomes of young children on a continuing basis;
- Monitor each student’s, classroom’s, school’s and Supervisory Union’s progress; and
- Demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well being of all students.
Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and supports
We believe that children learn best through their experiences in play and we operate under the philosophy that children should be given the following opportunities:
- To play and learn in an environment that encourages individuality and a sense of community.
- To have their parents actively involved in their education experiences both in the classroom and during home visiting.
- To explore their classroom environment through play and cooperation with other children and teachers.
- To learn through the discovery of new ideas, thoughts and realizations about the world they live in.
- To learn in a way that allows for each child’s differences and similarities to be recognized and celebrated.
There are nine core principles that guide the Franklin County Early Childhood Programs.(FCECP) These core beliefs are the result of extensive community conversations and a growing body of research and literature that supports the principles as best practice. As the FCECP attempts to help fulfill the promise of the programs, services and other resources designed to support young children and their families in our community, these principles are touchstones that help us ask the right questions and give us the common language with which to discuss issues.
- Interagency Collaboration means that: We must all work together to create the outcomes we desire as a community for young children and their families.
- Community Based Services means that: Services, programs and resources must be based in the local communities where young children and their families live in order to be accessible and effective.
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice means that: The learning opportunities created for a child of one age cannot simply be a watered down version of what is offered for older children, as children have unique developmental needs.
- Inclusive Services means that: Young children learn best when grouped with their peers.
- Parent-to-Parent Support means that: Linking parents of younger children with parents of older children with similar developmental issues or experiences can be helpful to both.
- Comprehensive Services means that: Community services and supports working collaboratively can most effectively meet the diverse needs of families with young children.
- Family Centered Care means that: We recognize and address the needs of the family when attempting to address the needs of individual children.
- User Friendly Programs mean that: Programs, services, and information must be easy to access and understand. Families with young children should feel welcomed and valued.
- Parent Participationmeans that we recognize that families & children are the foundation of this program and our community. Parents know their children best. Parents are actively engaged in all levels of decision making for their children, their family, this Council, the community, and the state. We respectfully listen to, encourage, and appreciate all family voices. While forming collaborative partnerships, we advocate for our children and embody that in our daily services, supports and beliefs. Parent participation and empowered voices, is the key to the success of this Council, and quality services for our children.