Beehive’s education mission is three-fold:
We seek to nurture the whole child. Beehive provides a variety of experiences to meet the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of children.
The program is designed to foster positive feelings towards school so that children will leave the program eager to continue learning in both formal and informal settings.
Because parents attend Beehive with their children, parents demonstrate to their children the value they place on education and encourage a lifelong habit of learning.Beehive provides parents with opportunities to increase their knowledge about child development and improve their parenting skills. This is accomplished through making the books in our Parent Library available, scheduling parent meetings and guest speakers, and interacting frequently with other parents and Beehive staff.
* Someone with a healthy sense of self. Parents with emotional maturity, who know their strengths and weaknesses add immeasurable value to Beehive. Parents imprint their own sense of well-being onto their children and impart to the rest of us a healthy, shared way of being together.
* Someone looking to make a contribution. Parents who are willing to give and share their valuable resources of love, time, support, gifts and talents. Beehive is a dynamic learning environment because of the unique offerings each parent makes, and it’s exciting to witness these unfolding each year as our community grows.
* Someone who is reliable. Parents have many demands on their time. At Beehive, we count on each other to show up on time, present and ready to engage with our learning community.
* Someone who is adaptable. Every day brings new adventures, and we count on each other to navigate through them with as much openness, fun and joy as we can bring to the monumental experience of early childhood.
* Someone who is loving & open to connection. We simply love being together at Beehive. The real magic that happens in our community comes through the love shared by parents, teachers, and children alike.
* Someone who welcomes growth. Parents who are seeking personal growth in both their parenting skills and as community members bring inspiration to everyone’s experience. Knowing the balance between listening and speaking up takes practice, and this is important to encourage a thriving community of learners.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a wonderful organization that promotes developmentally appropriate, play-based learning for children. With academic pressures filtering down to preschools, it's organizations like NAEYC and Gessel Institute that hold higher standards for children's care and well-being. Beehive supports NAEYC's mission wholeheartedly, and has chosen to allocate resources to more growth oriented endeavors. Beehive has always and will always demonstrate high value for children's development through a nurturing, play-based learning environment. We are currently invested in developing a more STEAM oriented and Reggio Emila inspired curriculum.