ICC believes that all children are full of remarkable capabilities and have a right to a childhood filled with play, exploration, and excitement about learning. Children are enormously creative, and capable of complex learning through self-play. Teachers build the curriculum around children’s questions and pursuits, and the skills they are learning to master. Close attention is paid to cultivating self-esteem and positive dispositions toward learning, risk-taking, and problem solving.
ICC implements anti-bias and peace building practices that emphasize the value of diversity of the children as individuals, and as members of families, cultures, and communities. Teachers work together in a “team approach”, both in educating children and in collaborating with families and the wider community.