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Early Childhood Belief Statement


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Children and Families

  • Early childhood (birth-age eight) is a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle. 
  • Children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. 
  • All children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community and society.


  • The dignity, worth and gifts of each individual child, family member, and colleague should be celebrated and respected. 
  • Children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect. 
  • Collaborative relationships with early childhood mixed-delivery system partners promote effective outcomes. 


  • Practices and systems should promote full and inclusive participation, and reduce biases and barriers that limit the potential of children, families and early childhood professionals. 
  • Funding should support continuous quality improvement to promote equity and educational opportunities based on multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives. 
  • Early childhood curriculum should include ambitious standards and instruction, asset mapping, purposeful play, and age appropriate assessment. 

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For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625