By Ruth Goodman, LMSW
When considering the needs of a child, safety comes first. There are different kinds of safety that are essential for a child’s well-being. Physical safety may be most obvious, however personal safety is equally important. It is never too early to begin teaching a child how to make good, safe choices. The basis for good decision making starts with an ability to identify and articulate one’s needs and feelings. At Mount Kisco Child Care Center, we are dedicated to assuring that all children in our care are taught these skills.
Our teachers are formally trained to employ a curriculum called Second Step. This program teaches a child to verbalize his/her feelings with age appropriate lessons and educational toys. This ability fosters successful interactions with their peers as well as with adults. These positive experiences are the building blocks for high self esteem and confidence. It is our goal to nurture these qualities in each child that we serve. A child who feels good about his/herself is equipped to make positive choices in adolescence and into adulthood.
Ruth Goodman, LMSW, is a Social Worker for the Mount Kisco Child Care Center. www.mkccc.org or call 914-241-2135