Philosphy & Goals
KCA’s philosophy is centered around the theories of Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget and the Constructivist Approach. This approach considers children active participants in their own learning. Thus, education becomes much more than rote memorization; instead, it is child-centered, meaning it integrates and assimilates knowledge to be further used and explored by children. Constructivist strategies seek to ignite a child's curiosity and love of learning.
According to Vygotsky, the role of the early childhood education teacher in a Constructivist Approach is primarily one of guidance. Teachers guide children's learning by facilitating activities and learning opportunities without dictating learning objectives. They emphasize the whole child when designing curriculum and learning topics. Teachers encourage young students to develop and investigate their own interests; curiosity sparks effective learning. Instead of the traditional concept of a teacher standing at the front of the classroom and dictating information, educators become partners with their students. They encourage children to ask questions and get involved. Teachers should consistently provide open-ended activities with multiple outcomes.
Our goals are as follows:
- To develop the student intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.
- To provide a flexible, developmentally-appropriate "play- and-success-oriented" curriculum which complements the home and school by encouraging physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and positive feelings of self-worth.
- To provide a warm, secure environment where children can respect and enjoy each other while being encouraged in decision-making, problem solving, individual expression and freedom within limits.
- To provide a competent and caring professional staff who understand and meet the needs of the children.
- To provide frequent and open communication with parents; this provides support and encourages involvement from the home.
KCA's enrollment policy does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.