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To provide child-centered, play-based learning experiences for young children in a safe andnurturing environment.
Big Oak will be an example in Madison and beyond for high quality,
community-based, and progressive early childhood education. Our
children will have had a learning experience that continues to give
beyond the Big Oak years.
Philosophy Statement and Values
Big Oak recognizes the importance of play in the learning process for
young children. Play is the basis for learning in our programs. Big
Oak works to empower children, promote individuality, and develop strong
partnerships with families while creating an environment that helps
young children attain physical, cognitive, social, and emotional
achievements, preparing them for the next step in life.
Each child brings to Big Oak a history of life experience and
cultural heritage. Partnerships between families and the Center are
essential to the growth and development of the individual child. We
strive to create and promote these strong partnerships with families and
create a sense of community that is thoughtful, warm and compassionate.
To support it the Center will strive to be consistent with these values:
Child centered. Teachers
facilitate each child’s development based on the child’s interests and
individuality, helping learn about themselves and the world.
Oak is rooted in and contributes to our neighborhood to help our
children understand their community. We also foster a community amongst
Health and well-being.Big Oak promotes healthy lifestyles through nutritious, homemade meals and active, eco-conscious programs.
Open and accepting.Big
Oak is open and accepting of all children and families. Big Oak
cultivates an expectation of respect: that all children, families and
staff will be treated with respect and treat others the same.
offers rich experiences in which staff nurtures each child’s cognitive,
physical, social and emotional development, guiding and challenging
each child to progress.
Partnerships with families.Big Oak is committed to working collaboratively with families to promote a child’s success.
Oak recognizes the importance of quality staff in all areas, and
recruits, retains and supports highly qualified and skilled educators.