Hilltop Philosophy

Our philosophy of early childhood education begins with a school environment of unqualified love, warmth, acceptance and understanding that each child is a unique individual.

Hanging Out
Taking Risks, Making Friends
Dress Up
Dress-up Dramatic Play

The philosophy at Hilltop is based on the belief that self-esteem is the foundation upon which all learning rests. Young children develop it naturally when they believe in themselves, their abilities and their worth. It happens in an environment where they are allowed to make choices, decisions and sometimes mistakes. Learning always involves feelings. Young children must be allowed to freely express their emotions in a safe and validating environment if they are to learn and grow emotionally, as well as develop a healthy sense of self. If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes and learn to trust and share their feelings. If they are taken seriously, they will develop the ability to respect others. If their emotional needs are met, they will have the ability to develop empathy.

This philosophy is the basis for all the curriculum at Hilltop and is the cornerstone for how we interact with the children.


Learning by Doing

The heart of our existence is to provide a developmentally- appropriate program within a nurturing environment, enabling children to develop their social, emotional, physical, and academic skills resulting in a positive attitude toward learning.

Reading with Love
Reading with Love

Because parent participation is an integral part of our program, an additional goal is for each parent to become more knowledgeable of child development, behavior patterns, and positive guidance techniques. Through observing, assisting and conferencing with the Director, and experiencing each other's successes and failures, we lay the foundation for our member families to become more effective parents and teacher's assistants.

In adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our program does not discriminate based on a child's disability, and we strive to offer reasonable accommodations to enable children with disabilities to become fully included in the program.