Children learn best when they are respected and encouraged to be active participants in the learning process. Modern research suggests that optimal learning and understanding occurs in the context of warm, consistent and caring relationships. At the Alice Brown Early Learning Center, we strive to form sincere, meaningful relationships with children and their families. We create an atmosphere of mutual trust and acceptance with a deep awareness of children’s personalities, their understandings of the world and their interests.
Children benefit from varied multi-sensory experiences and materials, and are given the opportunity to engage in activities that form a positive self-image. Through these experiences, children learn independence, turn-taking and appropriate interaction with their peers. Family involvement, including daily communication and collaboration between families and teachers, is an integral part of our program.
The mission of the Alice Brown Early Learning Center (ELC) is to offer a high quality experiential learning environment to children and families, as well as to faculty, employees, students, and early childhood professionals. At the ELC, we believe that an optimal environment is one where learning is rooted in play-based, multisensory, language-rich experiences that foster meaningful and reciprocal relationships and nurtures the continued development and learning of all participants.
The ELC will be recognized as an innovative leader in early care and education best practices. The program is committed to implementing and promoting understanding and excellence in early childhood teaching practices; encouraging professional growth in the early childhood field, while providing students and faculty of Adelphi University with opportunities to pursue educational studies and research.
The ELC will strive to fulfill its mission through the following objectives: