Westside Early Childhood Center &

Club 66

Mission Statement: The mission of the Westside Early Childhood and Before and After School Programs is to provide a safe, engaging educational environment for children ages eighteen months through sixth grade. The program offers developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to grow and develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically with the support and guidance of competent and compassionate adults.

Our Goal is to provide high quality education and care for children year round. The curriculum revolves around the idea that children "learn through play." Specifically designed materials and activities help develop skills and concepts through directed and free play periods. Children are encouraged to be independent and experiment with their environments. At the same time, children are allowed to be children and to use their senses to learn about the world around them.

Philosophy Statement: Westside Community Schools recognizes that young children learn best in an environment that provides opportunities for development and growth of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. To nurture this development requires a philosophy that allows children time and opportunity to:

*Stimulate curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

*Engage in purposeful and playful work.

*Develop self motivation, self discipline and self direction towards purposeful goals.

*Experience growth pertaining to decision-making, problem solving and creative thinking.

*Express themselves through language, drawing, writing, movement and the use of materials and resources.

*Participate in guided and informal learning experiences.

The classroom uses Creative Curriculum for lesson planning with the additional support of the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines. In addition, the classroom also incorporate the Second Step Social and Emotional learning curriculum.

We also utilize Teaching Strategies Gold for child assessment. This is a comprehensive, valid and reliable assessment tool designed for use with children from birth to third grade.

Sunset Early Childhood is licensed a maximum of 99 children ages 3 years to 13 years old during the hours of 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.