Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of children. It is proactive effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking, and respect for self and others. Character education provides long-term solutions to moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern in our society and our schools.
At Clayton Early Childhood Center, Character Education is interwoven into all our daily lessons and activities. We want children to use their character traits of honesty, respect, cooperation, trust, service, safety, kindness, responsibility, fairness and caring not only in the school setting, but in the community as well. Teachers will intentionally teach what each trait looks like and will model how to use these traits in real life. Each month a new core value will be introduced.
Clayton Early Childhood Center is an award winning pre-school; nationally recognized by the Character Education Partnership for Promising Practices in character education. Staff works to create a welcoming environment where children feel a sense of autonomy, belonging, safety and competence. Through core ethical values selected by staff, parents and community, children learn to empathize, form caring relationships, develop good work habits and treat others they way they would like to be treated.
For more information visit character.org