The UNI Child Development Center recognizes the uniqueness of each child by providing a developmentally appropriate, child-directed learning environment in which the child can construct his/her own knowledge through teacher guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration in areas of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. The UNI CDC recognizes the importance of family in the development of each child and welcomes the involvement of parents and family members in the program.
The climate in the classroom is one of mutual respect with the teacher being the facilitator of learning rather than a dispenser of knowledge. In working toward the development of autonomy, the children are encouraged to become responsible for their own behavior and make decisions reflecting that responsibility. This guidance approach includes the use of encouragement and consequences that are reasonable, respectful, and related.