Early childhood is a critical time of development and we believe a childhood filled with joy, play, discovery and curiosity can impact an entire lifetime. We strive to foster the growth of healthy, happy people because we recognize that our children can make the world a better place.
We invest time and passion into the development of each member of our community. We create a safe and secure place for children, parents and staff to thrive.
We believe that children learn best when actively exploring the environment around them. We facilitate learning through purposeful play and believe that fostering curiosity and discovery are critical in early childhood. The outdoor classroom is an extension of indoors and equal in importance.
We support the social-emotional, physical and cognitive growth that will prepare children, parents and staff for future success. We nourish the bodies and minds of each member of our community.
We care about each member of our community. Children and adults are respected as individuals, each with unique needs and abilities. We create a loving environment where each individual is inspired to be his or her best self.
PDN's curriculum is based on nearly a century of research, facilitating the growth of social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Purposeful play and supportive relationships between families, teachers and children are at the core of our philosophy.
We create opportunities for child-initiated, free choice activities throughout each day. Play helps children learn through experimentation and making sense of new experiences. It creates positive associations with learning and drives that learning through a child's own sense of curiosity. Play helps children develop social skills and learn to regulate their own emotions.
Our teachers are facilitators in children's development rather than directors of it. We use questions, assistance and directions to help children figure out how to accomplish their goals and build their skills. Teachers and families are partners in creating the best possible environment for children to learn and grow. Positive relationships with adults are critical to a child's social-emotional and cognitive development.