The King’s Daughters Child Development Center is Accredited by The (NAEYC) National Association for the Education of Young Children. This accreditation is the highest “stamp of approval” that an early childhood center can obtain. Yearly reports are submitted to the National organization to ensure that quality is constantly being obtained.
While the Child Development Center is Nationally Accredited, the Development Center also maintains the highest quality rating -Three Stars – given by the State of Tennessee.
The King’s Daughter Child Development Center is a Reggio inspired center. We see each child as having inborn abilities and potential as well as strength and creativity. Children are not seen as “empty vessels” to be filled with facts and information. They are individuals deserving of respect; competent and capable learners. The Reggio philosophy also holds dear the forming of community – with children, parents, staff and the neighborhood community at large. The physical environment is seen as the ” third teacher” offering lots of natural light, pleasing, comfortable furnishings and beautiful artwork. There are areas where children can gather to talk with one another, explore books and writing, take part in “hands on” science explorations, be creative with paint and clay, and of course a natural play area outside. Teachers are seen as partners in the learning process – allowing children to explore, ask questions and test their own hypothesis. Teachers document the work of the child through child dictation, pictures, notes and recording of teacher/child and child/child conversation. Documentation is done on a daily basis and carefuly studied in order to help teachers plan new activities for the children. Parents are seen as their child’s “first teacher” and welcomed into the classroom community at anytime.
I hope you will come and visit us and experience our Reggio Inspired learning environment for yourself!
The King’s Daughters Day Home continues its 49 plus year mission to provide exceptional preschool experiences for children whose families are facing financial challenges. Services are offered to families on a sliding scale based upon the family’s income. Families and children are met “where they are” in their life journey and accepted into the preschool community with caring and respect. The children cared for at the center are first and foremost met with love and acceptance, for only when they are comfortable in their setting and relationships with teachers can learning begin. The Day Home is open M-F from 6:30 am – 5:30 pm and serves a full breakfast and lunch along with a substantial snack in the afternoon.