Connectedness: Cultivates curiosity, creativity, and care through time spent playing in and studying about the natural world;
Joy: Fosters a love of learning through learner-centered teaching strategies and content linked to students’ emerging interests;
Respect and Responsibility: Promotes community through modeling healthy and respectful relationships, teaching emotional literacy, encouraging personal and civic responsibility;
Power and Agency: Supports children as individuals worthy of respect and encourages children to find their own voice to advocate for themselves and others;
Community: Supports the role of the family and larger community in children’s development and education.