Mission, vision, values, and standards


A MISSION STATEMENT is why we are in business. Our mission is to make a difference by compassionately helping people – both big and small – to learn, grow, and thrive.

A VISION STATEMENT is a company’s road map, stating what we want to become and setting a direction for the company’s growth. Our vision is to be a recognized leader in providing high-quality early childhood education to make a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of as many families, children, and staff as we can.

our core values: what we believe in​

CORE VALUES describe how we want all First Circle personnel to behave and the mindset we need to achieve our company vision.
We infuse all our policies, decisions, communication, and actions with our core values. They are:


We value respecting everyone’s abilities, limits, feelings, values, backgrounds, perspectives, and privacy.


We value integrity, acting in an ethical, fair, and transparent manner.


We value growth as a lifelong journey, that learning from challenges helps achieve our greatest potential.


We value flexibility, creating options in our policies and practices to support our families and staff.


We value excellence, and going above and beyond the highest standards in everything we do.

our professional standards: who we are​

STANDARDS define what our customers and team can expect. To ensure our program remains the high-quality program we pride ourselves on, First Circle’s standards guide how we approach both families and staff, and remind us of the obligations we have to our families, our co-workers, and ourselves. Our professional standards guide our work environment and our program standards direct our work. Our professional standards are:


We are an open-door program that warmly welcomes children, families, and staff.


We are skilled early childhood professionals with high standards.


We are safe and secure, with trained and experienced staff, and an open layout.


We are caring and nurturing in our actions, thoughts, and words.


We actively listen, respond, and provide effective solutions.

our program standards: what we do​

Our program standards are the guidelines and commitment that outline what families and our co-workers can expect from our program. Our professional standards are:


Learning is the heart of what we do. Our curriculum educates the whole child while respecting individual learning style and pace.


We teach children through play because they learn best when active and engaged.


We partner with parents, staff, children, and the community to build trust and achieve shared goals.


We support each person’s unique needs and goals with sensitivity and flexibility.


We ready children for their next steps, preparing them for future success in school and life.