The MSOF provides supportive, quality and nurturing early childhood education programs. The programs focus on creativity, respect, responsibility, and community.
They use best practices including the Reggio Emilia approach, emphasizing the natural development of children in close relationships that children share with their environment or community.
At the center of this approach is the belief that: children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing; they must have a relationship with other children as well as other people in their environment; they must have opportunities and ways to express themselves. Crucial to the success of this approach is the role of care givers such as family members, teachers and the community. Care givers are viewed as partners, collaborators and advocates for children.
This makes early childhood education a collective responsibility of the community at large. The goal is to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond by creating classroom environments that spark inquisitiveness, promote inquiry and cultivate critical thinkers as well as enhance community involvement.