Philosophy & Curriculum | Kent State University

Philosophy & Curriculum

The Kent State University Child Development Center's philosophy is grounded in social constructivism. We believe knowledge is constructed through an active process of inquiry that prioritizes exploration, communication, meaningful relationships and play. We draw daily inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach and are also currently working to implement the International Baccalaureate Early Years framework within our curricular and pedagogical practices. Under the guidance of our IB coordinator, Rochelle Hostler, we officially received IB Candidate status for the 2016-17 school year.

Our approach is based on the following premises:

  • Children are capable, competent, and knowledgeable.
  • Learning is both joyful and challenging.
  • Active and invested participation supports the development of negotiation and reflection.
  • Authentic opportunities for service and social action support the development of empathy and responsibility.
  • Indoor and outdoor environments are intentionally designed to support children’s capacity for collaborative, long-term inquiries.
  • Time spent outdoors is essential to children’s wellbeing and promotes care and stewardship.
  • Listening is a central role of the adult and is practiced through the on-going study of children's ideas and investigations.
  • Families are partners in the teaching and learning process.
  • Respect is accorded to all community members through a commitment to open-mindedness and acceptance.
  • The diversity of our classrooms, our families, and our communities is our greatest asset.