Through developmentally appropriate practices, programs are designed to:
Develop the children’s own unique gifts.
Meet the basic needs of the children’s health and physical development.
Provide each of the children with care, acceptance, and affection.
Offer each of the children opportunities to experience success in all areas of development.
Foster self-esteem and a sense of competence.
Help the children feel secure and comfortable in a setting away from parents and home.