Philosophy

A child plays in an Eagle's Wing classroom

Eagle’s Wing programs emphasize child-initiated learning within a culturally diverse community. Programs nurture and support the development of children throughout the day by providing:

  • Developmentally appropriate activities
  • Respect for each child’s culture and background
  • Fun, creativity, active play, cognitive growth, social interaction, rest, and nutrition
  • Communication, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Opportunities for family to be actively involved
  • A focus on anti-bias and peace education

Curriculum

In the Eagle’s Wing curriculum, children are recognized as individuals and we support each child’s unique developmental needs. As part of a culturally diverse classroom where mutual respect and understanding are emphasized, children are also encouraged to value teamwork, interdependence, and group harmony.

Respecting Diversity

Eagle’s Wing embraces and supports the diverse University Apartments and Madison communities to which it belongs. A strong commitment to multi-cultural, anti-bias care and education is present at Eagle's Wing that promotes respect for all people regardless of differences. This philosophy allows for a wonderful opportunity to affirm children’s identities and further explore and celebrate a wide variety of cultural, racial, and ethnic differences.

Anti-Bias Education

Not all families consist of fathers and mothers. Thus, we respect all families and embrace family diversity including gender equity and sensitivity. Prejudice reduction is actively promoted within programs and respect is valued. This means more than simply not tolerating name-calling, intimidation, or exclusionary tactics. We openly discuss and address issues that arise spontaneously in classrooms or playgrounds.

Teachers and administrators at Eagle's Wing attempt not to infringe on anyone’s privately-held viewpoints, but in public settings, the law and common decency require each child to be provided a nurturing and equitable education. This curriculum, developed by Louise Derman Sparks, is the cornerstone of daily classroom interactions at Eagle's Wing.

Peace Education

Eagle's Wing teaching staff are committed to helping children understand the importance of treating all people with dignity and not judging groups of people for the actions of a few, whether in the classroom or globally. Teachers model acceptance and compassion in their words and behavior. They also encourage children to explore their feelings and fears. Embracing diversity is a lifelong endeavor that will bring us closer to peace within our communities and around the world. "If we ever attain real peace, we must first start with the children." Mahatma Gandhi

Guidance Philosophy

The Eagle’s Wing guidance philosophy is intended to nurture children as they work toward independence and responsibility. It encourages and supports them in developing problem-solving abilities and it promotes self-esteem while instilling sincere respect for the rights of others. The philosophy is implemented in a variety of ways:

  • Problem-solving with children
  • Modeling of appropriate behavior by teachers
  • Reasonable, developmentally appropriate limits
  • Redirection of behavior

Eagle’s Wing staff is trained in this guidance philosophy during their orientation. Training includes an explanation of those practices which are prohibited at Eagle’s Wing, including, but not limited to:

  • Any form of physical punishment, including restraint or other corporal punishment
  • Any form of emotional punishment, including embarrassing, derogatory, or frightening remarks
  • Withholding of food
  • Use of "time-outs"

For the enrollment of children and the employment of staff, Eagle’s Wing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, HIV status, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, or parental, military, or veteran status. Equal rights for all children, families, and staff are ensured. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity employer.