Mission Statement

Asbury Day Care Center, a NAEYC-accredited not-for-profit center, partnering with families, AFUMC and the community, encourages educational and developmental growth for children with a warm, loving, creative approach. We enrich the lives of children with multi-cultural and diverse socio-economic backgrounds by focusing on the individual needs of each child. We strive for excellence through innovative early childhood learning experiences.

Philosophy

The Center was opened in 1972 to provide a warm, caring environment for children and to strengthen and support the nuclear family. By providing some of the same enriching experiences and learning opportunities historically offered by the extended family, the childcare environment can supplement the family’s care and education of its children through careful attention to program and active encouragement of family partnership and communication.

In order to provide this quality of service to our children and parents, the Center works toward several specific goals. First, the Center provides a planned program, encouraging both social and intellectual development. To do this, the program is designed to meet both the developmental needs children at each age level as well as to be responsive to the unique patterns of growth of the individual child. The teaching staff assess each child’s individual development and provide appropriate activities in each classroom to support continued growth.

Second, the Center seeks to keep the child’s family as the central unit in his/her care. By encouraging the family’s participation in our program and by sharing our understanding of the child’s growth and development, we help both parent and child to integrate their child care and home experiences. Parents are always welcome in our program and encouraged to participate in varied ways in the life of the Center.

Finally, teachers at the Center work toward creating an atmosphere of acceptance and respect for the children. Children are encouraged to express their feelings in effective ways. They learn to trust that their wishes and needs will be recognized while coming to understand how they have an impact on others. Our goal is to help the child feel confident about him/herself and competent in his/her relationships with others.