Our Positive Guidance Philosophy and Practice

The research is clear about the human impact of negativity.  We want our center to be a place where all people treat one another with respect, dignity, and honor.

Positive Guidance is:

  • Guiding children in ways that respect them as people

  • Guiding them in ways that help children develop good self-esteem

  • Providing guidance that encourages children to make good decisions about their behavior


  • Guidance is a learned skill.

  • Regardless of the action taken, be certain the child’s self-esteem remains intact.

  • Assume and believe in the inherent goodness of children.

  • View the guidance encounter as a learning opportunity for the children.

  • Give as much responsibility to the children for their behavior as is appropriate for their developmental level.

We are a SMOKE-FREE campus, we ask all parents, staff, volunteers and visitors to respect our policy.  This applies, indoor, outdoors and in our parking lot.   We are also a GUN AND WEAPON FREE campus. AND we are a Negative Free Environment, which means that when we communicate with you, one another and especially your children we strive to use positive language. 

Children may behave in ways we think are inappropriate, the teacher’s role is to use techniques that are not punishing or negative in nature.  If a teacher puts a child in time-out, uses an inappropriate tone of voice or always makes a decision such as “who had the toy first?”, the teacher is not using good decisions.  Time-out is a punishment; talking to a child in an inappropriate voice can affect their self-esteem, and deciding who had the toy first does not help a child solve problems. When a teacher helps a child solve their own problems about a toy; or when a teacher tells a child why they cannot let him stand on the doll bed, then the teacher is providing guidance.  The teacher is helping children understand their actions in a way that is non-punishing.

   Why Positive Guidance?  Save the Self Esteem!  Build People Up!   

Self-esteem is defined as how a child values their worth in positive or negative terms.  High self-esteem comes from positive interactions with people they trust.  A child builds their own self-esteem through experiences that prove they are worth loving.  Just telling a child they are special is not sufficient; they have to have the experience. 

Self-concept is the way you see yourself based on the ideas received from others in your environment. Children develop their self-concept based on the perceptions and feelings gathered mainly from the important people in their world.


Outcomes:  Academic achievement, confidence, success in life, & happiness


My signature on the I’m Just a Kid! Parent Agreement, page 21 verifies that I have read, believe in, and will implement to the best of my ability positive guidance techniques.