Mission and Values

 

Introduction

OCP seeks to create a “home away from home” for its families.  In today’s mobile and global society, many families with young children lack the extended family support systems that existed during the more agrarian and less mobile culture of the past century.  Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool seeks to fulfill the supporting roles once fulfilled by extended family by providing a community where families not only come together to educate their children, but to build long-term bonds among families in our community.  The preschool is the center of this larger family support network– our dedication to our mission and values draws families to the greater co-op community.

OCP seeks to discover, analyze, integrate, interpret, and apply new thinking and ideas to established models of early childhood education.  It is our goal to create a dynamic learning environment that synthesizes the best practices in early childhood education with the talents of a creative professional staff and focuses on integrating family and community into that environment.

Our Mission

Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool creates a nurturing community that gives children and their families the opportunity to learn, communicate, play and grow together.  In this positive, family-centered educational environment, we strive to develop each child’s curiosity, empathy, confidence, self-discipline, and an enthusiasm for learning.  By encouraging children to be active and creative explorers of art, music, literature, nature, and the community, we provide a foundation for acquiring the skills children need to succeed both now and in the future.  We model sustainable practices through our curriculum, daily operations, and community events.

Our Values

Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool is committed to:

Children

  • We follow a curriculum that combines the best practices in early childhood education and philosophy.
  • Our classroom environment is designed to maximize a child’s independence and to present challenges that contribute to growth and development.
  • We utilize a dynamic and developmentally appropriate curriculum that recognizes the importance of play as a vehicle for teaching and learning and can be molded to each child’s individual developmental stage and learning style.
  • Our program focuses on the total child, including communication and language skills and cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Each child’s confidence, knowledge of self, and willingness to reach for the next level of mastery are developed through positive and successful experiences.
  • We maintain a low teacher to child ratio, a key factor in developing a sense of self and security that is the basis for all learning. Small class size enables teachers to know and plan for an individual child’s skill level and to provide individual guidance through those challenges so children view learning and school as positive experiences.
  • We emphasize having a healthy lifestyle and making healthy choices about food, physical fitness, and personal wellness.

Families

  • We recognize that children learn best in an environment where they feel secure, and that parents provide the major source of security in their children’s lives.
  • We enable parents to actively participate in every aspect of their child’s education, both administratively and in the classroom.
  • We work hard to make our school a “home away from home” where the children know and feel comfortable with their school families.

Community

  • We understand that the education we provide to our children today directly affects the citizens they become as tomorrow’s adults. We choose activities that are mindful of enhancing the community and protecting the environment, that promote good citizenship, and that teach empathy for others.
  • We strive for an ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse community that is united in its commitment to parent involvement in our children’s learning, growth, and development.
  • We will provide tuition assistance to families with demonstrated need when feasible.
  • We make nature an important part of every day.  Our program is designed to foster a deep and lasting connection between the children and the world. We value the environment and are committed to running our preschool in a manner that is mindful of our impact on the environment and our natural resources.
  • We follow a curriculum that combines the best practices in early childhood education and philosophy.
  • Our classroom environment is designed to maximize a child’s independence and to present challenges that contribute to growth and development.
  • We utilize a dynamic and developmentally appropriate curriculum that recognizes the importance of play as a vehicle for teaching and learning and can be molded to each child’s individual developmental stage and learning style.
  • Our program focuses on the total child, including communication and language skills and cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Each child’s confidence, knowledge of self, and willingness to reach for the next level of mastery are developed through positive and successful experiences.
  • We maintain a low teacher to child ratio, a key factor in developing a sense of self and security that is the basis for all learning. Small class size enables teachers to know and plan for an individual child’s skill level and to provide individual guidance through those challenges so children view learning and school as positive experiences.
  • We emphasize having a healthy lifestyle and making healthy choices about food, physical fitness, and personal wellness.

Our Our Vision Strategies through 2018.