We believe our first responsibility is to the families we serve. We believe in the importance of and hold respect for families, for within that social grouping are found children’s first and primary teachers—their parents. We strive to reach out to each child and family. We attempt to enhance their quality of life by recognizing their unique needs, respecting their differences, and protecting their confidentiality.
We are responsible to our employees. We care deeply about their well-being as individuals and try not to lose sight of their individuality, their potential for creativity, and their need for respect, recognition, and flexibility. All staff are encouraged to grow and develop, to learn from mistakes, and to take risks within a supportive environment. Our organizational family focus extends to our staff as well as to our clients. Simultaneously, we have high staff performance expectations, such as a sense of optimism, truly liking children and families, energetic job performance (physically, emotionally, and intellectually), honesty, willingness to listen, flexible attitudes, and a commitment to program goals.
We recognize the importance of each job level in the organization, all of which are clearly interdependent. We strive to do the best, to reach for excellence within our family- centered, highly individualized management structure. We believe in the importance of communication and the necessity for listening at all organizational levels. Our management style is teamwork. We believe in active learning both for employees and for families and children. We accept that our success or failure often can be traced to how well we have brought out the energies and talents of our employees.
Our final responsibility is to our communities. We strive to be good models in our professional field of expertise—family-centered early childhood education—in all of our programs and services. We seek to accept and coordinate the roles and responsibilities of other agencies as we work together to improve the quality of life for the families we serve.