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Vision:

The need for early intervention has become greater throughout the last decade for all children. In addition, with the growing public awareness of the need to provide a quality educational experience for children in the least restrictive environment, there has been a trend to include children with special needs in the community-based preschools. Sessions focus on the use of developmentally appropriate practices, allowing each child to develop at his/her own pace, open-ended activities and a melding of teaching styles using innovative strategies to accomodate the varied learning styles of all enrolled children.

Philosophy:

The Center believes that the family unit is the strongest influence in the life of a young child. Our program provides a positive setting for children to learn to play, create, and explore with other children their own age. The Infant and Toddler Program has a separate curriculum which includes physical, emotional/social, cognitive and creative development. In this program, we use a Primary Caregiver System to help foster the growth of a special bond between the child and his/her caregiver.

As the Center's name states, this is a place that not only provides parents with needed child care, but also works with the parents in helping to promote each child's growth and development. Since many of the children spend up to ten hours here each day, it is important that it is place where they feel (and are) safe and secure-- where the staff takes a genuine interest in each child's well-being. The aim is to develop each child as an individual, while at the same time instilling in them the basic rules and values.

Credentials & Curriculum:

The need for early intervention has become greater throughout the last decade for all children. In addition, with the growing public awareness of the need to provide a quality educational experience for children in the least restrictive environment, there has been a trendto include children with special needs in the community-based preschools. Sessions focus on the use of developmentally appropriate practices, allowing each child to develop at his/her own pace, open-ended activities and a melding of teaching styles using innovative strategies to accomodate the varied learning styles of all enrolled children.

The West Haven Child Development Center curriculum follows a written Curriculum Guide and The Connecticut Framework Preschool Curricular Goals and Benchmarks. The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers is used to guide the infant and toddler program. An emergent curriculum approach to teaching is used which takes into account children's interests and individual development.

WHCDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Center has been accredited since 1991. We were re-accredited in 2008, through 2013, with no score less than 99%. To view the most recent document regarding our NAEYC Accredidation, please click the document link to the left.

Beginning this year, our Administration Team will begin to prepare for the Re-Accreditation process. Our goal is to score as well or better than we did in 2008.

About

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Congratulations to Bel Clini and Helena Correia shown here with West Haven Child Development Center Director Dr. Patrice Farquharson (also Associate Professor of Child Studies at Post). Bel and Helena graduated from Post University on Saturday May 4, 2013 receiving their Bachelor's Degrees in Child Studies. They are among the first in the state to be awarded the new Early Childhood Teacher Credential. We are proud of their accomplishment.