My own beliefs about early childhood education are based upon the knowledge that children's growth is developmental. It seems very clear to me that a high quality early childhood program must provide a safe and nurturing environment which promotes a broad spectrum of support for the child's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. A high quality, developmentally appropriate programs should be available to all children. Children under the age of eight have enormous potential for growth and achievement, and it is my belief that they have rights to fulfill their possibilities. My belief that children are unique individuals who may or may not reflect the usual characteristics of other children of their same age.