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Program Philosophy
It is our belief that children begin to learn life skills as soon as they are born. It is our task to teach them well the skills necessary to be healthy productive people. The natural curiosity of children is the predecessor of constant learning. We at Children & Friends commit ourselves to nurturing the inquisitive nature of all children and fostering a "can do" attitude towards learning. We recognize that play is an important part of healthy child development, therefore we provide theme-based, supervised opportunities for children to grow and learn through play-time activities. Self-esteem is a crucial element in a child's emotional development. It is central to feeling good about themselves as a person and their importance to their families and society. Everyone needs to be needed and to feel as if they contribute positively to the world around them. As a child masters skills, his/herself esteem grows accordiingly giving him/her the confidence to try new things. The children in our care will receive much praise and encouragement while practicing new skills. They will be assured that it is okay to miss a goal as long as they tried their best; that with practice they will one day succeed. A strong self concept coupled with persistence is a solid base towards a lifetime of learning.

Mission Statement
Children and Friends Enrichment Center is committed to serving children, six weeks to kindergarten, from diverse families. A caring, dedicated, and trained staff partners with families in order to provide:
  • A safe, nurturing, and loving atmosphere
  • An intentional, play based, developmentally appropriate education
  • A creative environment that encourages children to be successful learners
Children & Friends Enrichment Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religious affiliation, sexual preference, age physical challenge or any other characteristic. The Center provides care for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years.

Board of Directors
Children & Friends Enrichment Center is a not-for-profit childcare center. The Swannanoa Valley Child Care Council, Inc. is the governing board. The Board is the policy-making body of the Center and is composed of local valley citizens and parents of the Center. Board members serve a term of 3 years.
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