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Mission & Philosophy

Westminster College Preschool Lab - Mission Statement

The mission of the Westminster College Preschool Lab is to provide a model for excellence in early childhood education for the western Pennsylvania region. Our program serves as a training facility for Westminster college students interested in working with young children. We view early childhood as an essential foundation for the development of children’s social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language growth. Developmentally Appropriate Practice as articulated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) principles provides the framework for our endeavors.


Westminster College Preschool Lab - Philosophy

We foster a creative and nurturing learning environment that encourages a strong sense of self-accomplishment in children. Developmentally Appropriate Practice is a teaching strategy based on expert knowledge of how young children learn. Developmentally appropriate programs are both age-appropriate and individually-appropriate; that is, the program is designed for the age group served and implemented with attention to the needs and differences of the individual children enrolled. Our goal is to encourage growth in multiple areas, with particular emphasis on socio-emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. The objectives of our program are:

  • Developing social skills
  • Enhancing esteem through self-accomplishment
  • Learning how to value another person’s rights by teaching respect for others
  • Encouraging cognitive development appropriate for each child’s learning style
  • Developing an appropriate pattern of dependence and independence
  • Fostering a sense of continuity between school and the outside world
  • Welcoming family involvement