Children learn through play: play which is child initiated, child directed and adult supported. The adult’s role as supporter is to provide an environment to facilitate the child’s ability to make choices.
Appropriate environments, adequate materials and activities that stress the process, not the product, facilitate the development of a positive self-image. Adults are available to provide guidance and to model appropriate behaviors, to verbalize the process, to help children communicate their needs and to give a sense of security to the children while at play.
For the young child, PLAY is the single most effective means to accomplish integration and growth for the whole child.
Play provides children with unparalleled opportunities for integrating their “whole self.” During play all “selves” are used simultaneously.
Gresham Heights acknowledges the diverse cultural backgrounds of our families and encourages involvement and interaction by the families on an on-going basis in their child’s education. We believe in the importance of keeping families informed about all the events and opportunities at GHLC through our monthly newsletter, opportune e-mails sent to all families, posted information in our lobby and the child’s classroom, and our website for 24 hour a day convenience. We actively solicit input from families on program enhancements and improvements, and encourage families to share their cultural traditions with our students and staff. Strong families are the cornerstone of a child’s education as well as a healthy community.
Established in 1984, Gresham Heights Learning Center has been committed to working to provide a safe, stimulating environment which stresses the process of learning, not the product. We work very hard to provide a high quality caring atmosphere for the children in our care in preschool and before and after school care programs. We believe that positive, happy, healthy contributing youths are our most valuable resource as a society. To encourage exploration and discovery is the real success in learning; it facilitates the development of a positive self-image. We encourage and understanding of the importance of mutual respect and celebrating individual differences.