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Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children Philosophy

The Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children (MCCYC) provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of their families. The program is designed to be developmentally appropriate. The concept, developmental appropriateness, includes both age and individual appropriateness. Teachers use knowledge about age appropriateness to identify the range of behaviors, activities, and materials for a specific age group. This knowledge is used in conjunction with the understanding about individual children's growth patterns, strengths, interests, and experiences (individual appropriateness) to design the most appropriate learning environment.

Children's play is essential for growth. Play serves important functions in cognitive development, as well as in children's physical, emotional, and social development. Child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-supported play is an essential part of the MCCYC program.

This page was last updated on: October 02, 2012