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Mission and Values

Our vision is to be an innovative early learning center that nurtures social-emotional development and inspires natural curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm for learning through play.

Our Core Values

Everything we do at the WSU Charter Academy is defined by five core values, which guide us in empowering our students in child-centered playful learning. We want to nurture your child’s curiosity and growth in all domains — all while fostering a community of learners where developmental, individual and cultural needs are valued.

  • Unbounded learning: Inspire creativity and self-understanding through open-ended authentic play experiences that integrate physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains through the creative arts. 
  • Innovation: Create innovative evidence-based learning experiences tailored to the strengths and needs of each child and family. 
  • Experimentation: Nurture curiosity, initiative and creativity through play, experimentation, discovery and reflection.
  • Growth: Cultivate a growth mindset, by inspiring enthusiasm for learning, persistence and growth in all developmental domains.
  • Community: Foster an inclusive community of learners through responsive trusting relationships that honor diversity.

Our Mission

Our mission is to use innovative, research-based practices grounded in developmental theory and neuroscience to nurture each child’s social-emotional development, natural curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm for learning through play. We tailor learning experiences that honor the strengths and needs of each child and family through inquiry, observation, practice, and research.

  • Keep relationships with children and families at the heart of what we do. We believe responsive trust relationships are essential for children’s development and learning. Family is a child’s most important teacher and the cornerstone of children’s growth and learning. We invite you, as parents and families, to partner with us to set goals for your child that support their learning and growth.
  •  Inspire educational practice and research grounded in developmental theory, neuroscience and play. Our program provides opportunities for university faculty and student inquiry through observation, practice, and research. We invite you, as faculty and students to partner with us in elevating early educational practices.