Pinehurst Child Care Center, School Age Program, and Preschool Programs
A Chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions

Our Philosophy

At Pinehurst Child Care Center we believe that children learn best when they are loved, respected, and appreciated.  If children are short-changed in self-esteem, we know their development will suffer.  Therefore, at the heart of our program is a philosophy that respects the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each child, staff, and family member.  We appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle, and provide a safe environment for children socially, emotionally, and physically.

We base our work with children on knowledge of child development theory and research, and we know that children learn best through play.  We also believe that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society.  Our program seeks to provide an environment rich in materials and props that support children’s interests and foster a delight in learning.  Through our activities and interactions we nurture and appreciate each individual child knowing this will contribute to a growing positive self-concept and self-identity. 

Research, on brain development, shows that positive, supportive relationships are essential during the earliest years of life.  We believe that children achieve their fullest potential through caring, stable relationships with teachers; based on trust, respect, and positive regard from infancy through childhood.

Our Objectives

 The programs and policies of Pinehurst have been designed to accomplish the following objectives:

1.  To provide an emotionally supportive and nurturing environment for all children in our care.

2.  To help each child reach maximum self-expression in the areas of intellect, creativity, self-esteem, and self-reliance.

3.  To provide an anti-bias, culturally relevant environment for each child that reflects a respect for individual and cultural differences.

4.  To provide activities which teach non-violence and enhance each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

5.  To create a positive and mutually supportive working relationship with the families of the children in our care.

6.  To encourage and promote a self-directed staff who work well together as a team.

7.  To promote continual staff development based on self and professional development.

Our Program and Environment

We expect learning and cooperation, and arrange our program and environment accordingly.  Our curriculum is diverse and culturally rich, providing for physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.  Our classrooms are designed to be orderly and inviting with space for large and small group activities.  Individual quiet areas are also available.  We have the use of a large indoor play area as well as an outdoor play area.  Field trips are an integral part of our program.

 Because we continually strive to provide high quality care for your child, we evaluate our program each year, assessing our strengths and targeting areas for improvement.  Each year we send home a parent questionnaire for your feedback.  We appreciate your continued feedback, praise, and suggestions, and see this as a way for parents to directly influence the quality of the program at Pinehurst.


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