Children need a safe, nurturing environment to develop to their full potential emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically. Early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, and security.

Children learn through play and age-appropriate activities. Each child is unique and should be encouraged and challenged to develop at his or her own pace.

Children need to learn positive ways to resolve conflict. Discipline should be positive, not punitive.

Child care professionals should always maintain a sense of humor.