Mission ♦ Vision ♦ Values ♦ Beliefs
District 47’s early childhood program is dedicated to serving the needs of children ages 3 to 5 years by providing a nurturing and enriching environment that enhances facilitation of the development of the whole child.
The Wehde Early Childhood Center is a state-of-the-art facility in which the staff works in cooperation with families and the community to provide:
• A range of educational opportunities for a diversified student population;
• A foundation for lifelong learning;
• A smooth continuum of transition procedures across service delivery models;
• Ongoing training opportunities for staff and parents to enhance the education of students;
• Practices and procedures that include state-of-the-art technology and other cutting-edge resources.
In recognition that we are role models to the children, we value treating those with whom we work and serve in a spirit of trust, honesty, loyalty, respect, patience and compassion in an atmosphere of educational opportunities, creativity and humor.
We strive for open communication and collaboration, parent and community involvement, integrated service delivery and ongoing opportunities to learn and grow.
Wehde’s core beliefs about early childhood education include:
- Parents are the primary and most important teachers of their children.
- Parents and families should be actively involved in their children’s education.
- A developmentally appropriate program balances the growth of a child intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially.
- All children are unique and development occurs at different rates.
- Children’s different levels of development and ability are accepted, valued and expected.
- Intellectual development of children is approached with developmental emphasis based on process rather than product.
- Speech and language development is integrated into all daily experiences.
- A team approach by our staff ensures the greatest degree of collaboration among team members.
- Play is reflected in our daily schedule because it is important to all early childhood experiences.
- Children learn by imitating, doing, exploring, investigating, examining, questioning and experimenting.
- Children learn best by actively participating in their environment through hands-on experiences. Children are encouraged to look, touch, listen and feel.
- Positive reinforcement, staff consistency and established rules are key components for group and individual problem-solving for all children. Through these procedures, children develop self-discipline, responsibility for their actions and independence.
- Children make their greatest gains when therapies are integrated into their curriculum and daily activities.