We believe in the inherent worth of every human and believe that through diversity we can learn from one another to productively envision and work towards a more just, equitable, and vibrant future. While we recognize that certain tenets of our philosophy – that children learn through active participation, that children should be free to explore what interests them, and that all children deserve equal and fair treatment – may not be complimentary to all cultures, we believe that contrasting perspectives can shed light on topics and can inform the way we approach challenges in our field. We welcome the diverse experiences and perspectives that our participants bring to our program and take pride in the fact that we learn from our participants even as they learn from us.
We recognize that the ethnic composition of our country is transitioning, and that teachers in the future will have greater numbers of dual language or exclusively Spanish-speaking students. It is important that qualified Spanish-speaking providers are available and qualified to provide care for this population, so that home languages of students can be supported. Unlike many CDA programs, we offer teacher-led Spanish cohorts to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our diverse workforce. With our Spanish-speaking population on the rise, we recognize that professional development options for these providers are essential to the future of our field.
We also value the unique strengths and contributions that individuals with disabilities offer our early childhood environments. Throughout the program, references are made to modifications for special needs learners, as we feel that differentiated instruction is critical to supporting student success. We view students and providers with disabilities as complete people who have strengths of their own to share with the world. As an organization, we believe that it is the job of early childhood professionals to understand these strengths and modify curricula to support our population of learners who have diverse exceptionalities.