CCSC Mission Statement
The Children's Center of the Stanford Community is a cooperative effort by Stanford families and Center staff to raise happy, healthy, compassionate and socially confident children who are prepared for challenges beyond the security of the Center.
The Children’s Center of the Stanford Community (CCSC) is grounded in the belief that children are competent, curious, resourceful learners. Our inspiration comes from the RIE approach, the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and Socio-Constructivism to name a few.
Children’s interests and explorations provide the framework for curriculum and investigation. Our thoughtful and intentionally designed environment fosters children’s experiences, relationships and opportunities for cooperative work. Materials are selected that are interesting and provoke creativity and wonder.
Our work with children hinges on respectful, collaborative relationships between staff, families and the community. The active participation of our parents is an essential element in the life of our school.
CCSC Values Statement
The Children's Center of the Stanford Community (CCSC) brings together families and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and philosophies. At the core of this enterprise is an important relationship with Stanford University which provides CCSC support and goodwill. The Center adheres to a set of values that influence decision-making at all levels, from governance to operational management to everyday classroom activities. This statement reflects our commitment to these values and provides a set of principles to guide CCSC.
Community: We build relationships among parents, teachers, staff, and children by working together, sharing our experiences, and communicating effectively.
Child-Centered Learning: Our play-based curriculum allows learning to emerge naturally by encouraging the children's sense of wonder to guide their interaction with their environment, their peers, and their caregivers.
Emotions: We provide a nurturing environment in which children and the adults around them express their emotions appropriately and empathize with others.
Creativity: We encourage creative thinking at all levels, from artistic expression and creative problem solving in the classroom to innovation in Center administration and governance.
Security: Through the dedication and commitment of our staff and parents, along with the support of Stanford University, we create a safe place for children to explore their world, their emotions, and their relationships.
Respect: Children, staff, and parents are treated with respect and tolerance as we strive to understand and celebrate our differences as well as our similarities.
Growth: We provide opportunities for developmental, professional, and personal growth through risk-taking, communication, and breadth of experience.
Responsibility: We create a stable environment for families and staff and ensure the long-term viability of the Center by establishing and following responsible fiscal and operational policies.