Early Childhood Model

Building partnerships through visionary leadership fosters a strong culture of community. LUME Institute facilitates a holistic approach to building a comprehensive Early Childhood Model.

Curriculum
Values and Character Driven, we believe that the social development of children involves their emotional and intellectual development and manifests itself as their individual values and character.
Literacy-Based, we emphasize early literacy to support academic skills and provide the footing for positive emotional and social development.
Psychodynamically Founded, we know that an emotionally secure child is better poised for intellectual growth and therefore supports academic success.

Diversity
Racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity are critical to the program, with families that represent a broad spectrum of religions, cultures, and nationalities.
Socioeconomic diversity is supported by the current research demonstrating the positive impact of mixed income on language development and academic success for all children in early childhood communities.
Developmental diversity promotes the rights and expectations that all children be fully included in our community. All children and families benefit from the opportunity to experience individual differences in a safe environment.

Economics
Diversified revenue streams give the program the ability to expand and pursue partners that add buoyancy to the program.
Independent oversight allows leadership to forecast potential economic downturns and the strategies to manage them.
Operating reserves are crucial for all not-for-profits; creating strategies for accumulating operating reserves is a rigorous component of the economic planning.

Community
Children are given the opportunity to embrace the school community at their own level in classrooms designed to be inviting and containing.
Families are encouraged to be genuinely involved in school activities and foster close relationships with their child’s friends, teachers, school administrators, and other families.
Faculty and Staff development incorporates all aspects of educational philosophy, child development, reflective practice, classroom management, and organizational and cultural framework.

The Core
Leadership is critical for the success of the program within the community. Recruiting, developing, and training leadership while blending the culture of the community with the dispositions and competencies of a center leader distinguish the program.
Partnerships begin from the local community and move beyond to reinforce the success of the organization as we develop the community. These partnerships enhance the buoyancy of the organization and create sustainability. 
Culture is a key to the success of the program. It is crucial to develop a common language that is founded from the local community, while integrating it with the curriculum.