Classrooms use the Positive Behavior Support Model which is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. Building strong relationships with staff, children, and families is key. When we take the time to get to know each other and build trusting and supportive relationships, we can help each other feel accepted, assist each other in learning to communicate and get along with others, encourage feelings of empathy and mutual respect, and create supportive environments in which children can practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors as individuals and as a team. Children learn and develop in the context of relationships that are responsive and nurturing.
Positive learning environments are created which teach children and staff more adaptive ways to engage and communicate with others. At Children’s Learning Center, we have three program-wide expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be a Team Player. Teachers define the expectations, discuss the meaning, demonstrate and model, practice and praise, and engage the children and families through cooperative learning.