Mission and Core Values

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire joy and wonder in children, educators, and communities with a heart-centered approach to early education.

Our Core Values Define Who We Are


We strive for the highest quality in all that we do.

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” – Ralph Marston


We hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards.

“Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.” – Don Galer


We create cutting-edge approaches to teaching and learning.

“(One’s) mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


We use an interdisciplinary team approach that provides perspectives through partnerships.

“We will surely get to our destination if we join hands.” – Aung San Sun Kyi

Discovery Learning

We promote a life-long process of discovering the world from new perspectives.

“The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  – Marcel Proust

Research-Based Framework

The foundation of our work is the use of a rigorous research methodology based on close observation of children and teachers over time.

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra


We embrace the plurality and diversity of our world.

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

International Outreach

We are committed to sharing our knowledge and resources with the world.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


We nurture the health and well-being of our organization as we work toward the health and well-being of our world.

“We are all weaving the future on the loom of today.” – Grace Dawson