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    Philosophy

    Early Childhood Mission Statement

    The mission of the Bayonne Board of Education is to provide
 a safe, nurturing, age-appropriate and high-quality learning environment for its Early Childhood students. Inherent in this mission is the acknowledgment that children learn and grow in a developmental and sequential manner. A professionally prepared staff implements strategies which respect and address the unique learning styles, interests, needs and family backgrounds of each child.

    Early Childhood Philosophy

    The Bayonne Board of Education is committed to providing
 a Preschool and Kindergarten program that is developmental
and age-appropriate. An interdisciplinary curriculum will be implemented in accordance with the nationally accepted standards of the National Association for the Education of Young children, Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards for Preschool, and the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten. The intended result of this approach is for each child’s intellectual, physical, emotional, social and creative development to flourish.

    Planning and implementing this positive, holistic educational experience within the community is
 the responsibility of caring educators who understand that young children are eager and curious learners who come from diverse populations and experiences. Therefore, the professional staff implements a variety of teaching methodologies to match the skills, learning styles, interests and needs of individual children. As a result, concrete, meaningful learning opportunities are presented in an atmosphere where the children are respectful of themselves and others. The staff understands that supporting the children’s positive self-esteem opens their minds to develop the critical and abstract thinking skills and attitudes necessary to support creativity and to achieve continued academic success.

    Play is the main avenue through which young children make sense of the world around them, and thus is an important teaching and learning tool. Therefore, classroom environment and curriculum are designed to stimulate and enable the children to experience and explore learning materials and the world around them. It is through this meaningful play that opportunities are provided for social interactions with other children and adults. Throughout the course of the day, the role of each adult is that of facilitator who fosters cooperative learning in the children.