Child Development Centers
Philosophy and Goals

Philosophy and Goals

West Hills College Child Development Center (CDC) promotes an environment of confidence where children and adults can develop emotionally, intellectually, socially, and physically to their fullest potential.  The Centers provide opportunities for children and adults to interact with the environment and each other in a natural setting supportive of the individual developmental rate.  The CDC acknowledges that children and adults learn through active, meaningful experiences within their environment and with consistent, nurturing care.

Additionally, the CDC acknowledges and supports that all individuals are unique, and possess a rich background of family and culture that contributes to the whole of our centers.  This culture creates the family unit of our program.  We view ourselves as a strong unit comprised of families and professionals that support the growth we will each experience at our center that will guide us into our journey of life.

We have five interrelated goals that make the whole of our program:

  • to provide high-quality early care and education emphasizing social, emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and physical growth and development for each child;
  • to provide early intervention for children with special needs in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team (our staff, the parents, the local school district, and various service agencies);
  • to enhance family capacity by providing services and education for parents while they pursue their career and/or educational goals and to develop a true partnership with each family;
  • to be an exemplary model of best practices in early education and serve as a laboratory school for students enrolled in courses, which are related to children and their development; and
  • to support early childhood educators throughout the District with their professional and personal growth.

To achieve our goals, we adhere to the principles and practices as defined in Developmentally Appropriate Practices in early Childhood Programs, Anti-Biased Curriculum, Emergent Curriculum, and Prekindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines.  These resources are developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the California Department of Education, Child Development Division.