How children learn is as important as what they learn and the greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. Our EC community is built around the social-emotional curriculum entitled Responsive Classroom. Embedded in the students’ daily interactions with their teachers and peers, RC uses strategies that cultivate positive relationships, behavior management and redirection techniques represented by the acronym CARES (cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control). These behaviors will serve children through school and beyond where they apply these skills to be humble, confident leaders. Through Responsive Classroom principles students learn responsibility for themselves and for others as they care for their belongings and their classroom.