Guiding Principles

Infants and young children are at a fascinating age of tremendous growth and development, their brains are developing faster than at any other period of time. They are born to learn and establish relationships.

As they are dependent on adults for their care, support, overall well-being, and laying the foundation for life-long learning, they need early childhood professionals who are excited about getting to know each child’s gifts, who respond to their cues, and who themselves feel valued for their tremendous role as architects of who the child can become.

The early childhood workforce, whether they work directly with children, manage a program, or set policies, require ongoing professional development support to build quality programs.

The following guiding principles fuel our work and mirrors the interactions we promote for a high quality early childhood program:

A trusting, respectful relationship is the foundation of all meaningful interaction

Change happens within a context of positive, trusting, and respectful relationship.  We engage with our clients in an ongoing conversation that models the interactions that promote positive relationship with children and families.

Focusing on people’s strength catapults lasting change

By focusing on the strengths of the early childhood professionals we foster self-esteem, and maximize the skills and experience that they bring to the table.  Change and the excitement of learning is embraced as a way of moving forward and mitigating stagnation.

Process of inquiry and intentional responsiveness leads to meaningful change

Through a reflective process we work with our clients to build an understanding of the purpose and relevance of what they are doing which leads to intentionality of these actions.  The reflective nature of our works enables our clients to step back, observe, reflect upon, and identify the most effective strategies needed for them to build a quality program.

Passion and expertise create the synergy needed to ensure sustainable transformation

Our combined passion for early childhood development and extensive expertise, promotes leadership and an inner drive in our clients that lead to inspirational sustainable meaningful outcomes.

Investment in ongoing professional development linked to practice leads to a strong workforce

Continuous professional development opportunities, and not isolated training sessions, ensure that early childhood professionals have the self-confidence, skills and knowledge that are required to take on leadership and mentoring roles. Knowledge, competencies and disposition are elements of a skilled professional.

Infant/toddler programs are foundation of the next generation

Who the person is and will become, whether it is a child or an early childhood professional is dependent on the support and opportunities they receive early in their formation.  Our extensive expertise in understanding the holistic nature of human development, and appreciation and urgency of the birth to three-year-old age group and adult learning theory is paramount to our work.

Integration across the life-stages and gender based approach breaks the poverty cycle

Our gender transformative practices and expertise working across different life stages from early childhood to adult literacy are fundamental to addressing the systemic issues associated with poverty, including economic, educational, health, and sustainable development.

We offer:

McFarren Aviles & Associates, LLC offers customized services that achieve sustainable positive change in practices and increases program quality.  Each of the following offerings can either be provided as a stand-alone service, or combined to form a comprehensive package.

If you are ready to assess your program or engage with your stakeholders around continuous quality improvement through our participatory research bilingual services we would love to hear from you.

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