A Message from the CEC's Program Director 4-3-18

Professional Development Day Closure

The Infant, Toddler and Preschool program will be closed for children on Friday, April 20th to allow the teachers and directors to attend the California Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual state conference in Pasadena. In addition, numerous staff will be attending the Leadership Day earlier in the week.

We look forward to an enriching learning experience as well the opportunity for our teachers to engage with others in the early childhood field by attending workshops on curriculum, health and safety, child development, leadership, advocacy, and more. CEC staff will be presenting several of these workshops. Professional development opportunities provide our staff with up-to-date research and information regarding best practices and serve as inspiration as we continue to innovate and advance our understanding and our daily work with children.

The CEC’s Philosophy…Did You Know?

The CEC’s philosophy of holistic care and learning is based on the life works of numerous theorists in the field of psychology and education. In order to share the heart of our approach and its value to children’s development, I will periodically provide information through this newsletter about theorists and the implications of their work in our daily practice. I hope this information will help you understand the theoretical foundations of our philosophy more fully. As always, Ellen, Erinn, Allegra and Talar are delighted to talk with you about child development and how the CEC’s approach, practices and curriculum enhance children’s learning and healthy psychological development.

Featured Theorist: Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget (1896 to 1980) was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher. His studies of learning in young children led to the development of the constructivist theory of knowledge. This linking of human experience, behavior patterns, and learning has had a major impact on education theory. Read here for more details about his life and body of work.

Do you know or recognize the terms "conservation," "schemas," "sensorimotor," "preoperational," "concrete operational," "formal operations"? Read more.

Lisa Cain-Chang