Educational Philosophy

Learning is relevant to everything that happens in TCDN programs. Teachers view both planned and spontaneous learning activities as opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills, and foster a sense of wonder, curiosity, and discovery. Hands-on, experiential learning is valued through actions, relationships, inquiries, and repetition. Within their play and exploration, children develop social skills, cognitive abilities and physical awareness.

All TCDN programs have teachers that are skilled observers and can identify developmental abilities and areas of interest that emerge from children’s play and conversations. Teachers are partners with children to guide new learning. This emergent curriculum builds upon the interests of the children, respects a child’s intrinsic motivation, and establishes a long-term love of learning.

My daughter’s easy ability to make friends, to trust herself and to be kind and patient with her peers are all skills she gained in TCDN programs. I could not be more thrilled that she began her education in such a rich and engaging environment.

– Former TCDN Parent