Center for Children logoCenter for Children

More info

Additional information about the Center for Children, including policies and guidelines, can be found in our Parent Handbook.

A word about children's play and learning

Widely recognized by early development experts, playing is the child's method of learning. This learning happens when they are infants, pre-schoolers and school-age children. Therefore, you will see your child at play in many different situations all day long here at the Center for Children. Play promotes very significant mental capacities, and is the young child's distinctive way of beginning to organize ideas and to plan and to think.

You may ask, "What do children learn from play?" Through play, children develop emotionally, physically, socially, cognitively and creatively. The beauty of play also means that children are learning at their own pace. Because of the abundance of social interaction, every age child learns the power of words, the need for cooperation, and the ability to negotiate. They realize that others present ideas and thoughts differently than they do and they learn to accept this. While they are playing, they enjoy "hands-on" experiences that are of great value because children are far more apt to retain what they have learned. If it hasn't been in the hands, it won't be in the brain.

“I hear and I forget…I see and I remember…I do and I understand.”

- Confucius