Children are active learners. They learn through daily interaction with others as well as exploration and discovery of their environment. With guidance and supervision, children should be given the freedom to explore their world. A child’s environment and activities should allow them to be challenged yet offer feelings of success when tasks are completed. Children’s daily activities require stability and structure; however, the day’s activities should be flexible to allow for spontaneous learning activities.
Daily activities should also be based on children’s interest, engage their curiosity, and allow for creativity and self-expression.
Play is a necessary part of an early childhood program because it offers children opportunities to use materials and learn at their own pace. Through play children develop problem solving and social skills. They are given the opportunity to safely explore, expand their minds and create within their environment.
Our mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate program for all children that nurtures the whole child and respects each child as an individual, instills positive self-worth and a love for learning.
The St. Mary's Sunshine Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The center was originally started as part of St. Mary’s Hospital through grant funding. In 2001 we moved and separated from the hospital. The property and business of the Corporation is managed by the center administration and an elected Board of Trustees.