Philosophy & Approach

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The Hollingworth Center

Our Philosophy & Approach

Our child responsive philosophy guides our work. We begin with the child. The children carry a sense of wonder with them into the classroom each day. Our role as educators is to listen to their ideas, embrace their curiosities, and respond to the collective passions of the preschool community.


Woven throughout our everyday work, our respect for young children positions all children as confident and capable. This respect for children guides our approach, as we work from the children’s knowledge, interests and needs to explore topics as a community of learners.


Intentionality is the enactment of respect and at the core of our work -- from our conceptual planning to our daily conversations with the children.


Song is the thread that weaves our community together and frames our days in joy. Music and song serve a variety of purposes within our classroom community-- we sing transitions, we sing information, we sing when we are happy, and we sing to relax. Singing in our community is another form of communication and we have a song for everything!