Our Philosophy

We believe in our kids.

We believe that children learn best when developmentally appropriate programs are intentionally designed to reflect their interests.  We believe that the foundation of a quality program is based on child development theory and research.  We strive to offer programs that consider the whole child, that inspire curiosity, creativity and innovation, and that build skills – all while simply doing what they love.

We believe children are inherently capable and competent.  They form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others and their surroundings.  We believe that welcoming, enriched, inclusive environments will inspire them to collaborate, communicate, and explore.

 

We believe in our staff.

We believe that quality learning opportunities come from well-trained, educated employees who are also caring, nurturing individuals.  We believe that staff who are encouraged to share their own expertise and passions will create dynamic programs that foster the unique talents of the children they care for.   We believe that staff who have a voice will be better equipped to help children find theirs.

 

We believe in relationships.

We believe that connecting with our families, schools and community members provide opportunities to enhance children’s experience.  We believe that celebrating the rich diversity of our families and communities help develop culturally inclusive children who will grow into adults ready to contribute to their diverse world.   Building positive relationships is the foundation of what we do.

 

We believe in Continuous Program Improvement.

We know that quality afterschool programs have far reaching, positive impact.   We believe that no matter how good we get, we can always be better.  We believe that actively seeking input from our stakeholders and accrediting organizations while holding ourselves up to the highest standards, will keep us performing above the status quo.

We believe there are many ways to do quality right as evident in the distinct personalities of each of our sites.  But one thing is uncompromised:   Our number one priority is to keep children physically and emotionally safe.    Children who feel protected and cared for, will be children who can EXPLORE, DISCOVER AND SHINE.

 

 PROGRAM STANDARDS:

  • Positive Relationships
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Inclusive, Home-like Environments
  • Professional Development
  • Innovative & Intentional Programming
  • Family Partnerships
  • Community Connections
  • Continuous Program Improvement

Kids' Country supports a child's natural curiosity and love of learning in a safe and inspired environment where they can discover their passions and achieve great things.