The Dillon Child Study Center is committed to the child development approach to the education of young children.
Each child’s development is fostered in all areas — physical, social, intellectual, emotional and moral — as they follow a unique pattern in the predictable sequence of growth. During the critical early childhood years, children need to become secure, confident, self-directed persons who can understand their world through activities involving focused attention, observation, exploration, problem solving and cooperative action.
A child's uniqueness is
appreciated by early childhood specialists who plan the curriculum to
meet the needs and interests of each individual. The child explores the
world through play, literature, music, observation and the
manipulation of a wide range of materials.
It is by doing the ordinary that children are exposed to the extraordinary wonder of learning as opposed to rote or drill activities. In an atmosphere where children are free to express their feelings and ideas, the child develops a sense of self-awareness and an understanding of interpersonal relations while expanding concepts, language and motor skills.