Our philosophy

At the Bombeck Family Learning Center, we are dedicated to giving our full attention to the needs of all the children for whom we provide care and educate. We believe that the positive experiences of infants, toddlers, and young children are critical to healthy development and that these experiences establish a foundation from which children can reach their full potential. We strive to maintain a program where children and families from all religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds will find an environment that embraces their similarities and differences.

Children benefit from practices that are well-grounded in research. Our philosophy is based on childhood theorists, such as Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Magna Gerber, Mary Ainsworth, John Bowlby, Lillian Katz and the early childhood movement from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

What we believe

  • Each child’s uniqueness is the result of interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Child development involves interrelated physical, cognitive, emotional and social changes. Rates of development vary from one child to another, but the sequential progression of growth does not.
  • Infants, toddlers, and young children are individuals in their own right and must receive the same respect and consideration afforded older children and adults.
  • It is our responsibility to provide responsive and understanding care and responsible guidance as well as to model generosity and kindness. Furthermore, we are committed to providing a developmentally appropriate environment in order to nurture growth in each of the areas of development, while treating each child with respect.
  • As demonstrated in the Bombeck Center’s ACCESS Curriculum Framework, curriculum for young children is best when it is assessment supported versus assessment driven, is child-centered, and emerges from the interests of the children with important topics of investigation being carefully selected by the teacher.
  • Science should be an emphasis of our curriculum with Early Learning Content Standards and Infant Toddler Guidelines being presented through integrated experiences that are personally meaningful and socially relevant for the children.