Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision:

Hilltop honors and trusts children, engages families, and inspires educators to create a more just and joyful world.

Our Mission:

Hilltop is transforming early childhood education through play, collaboration, and reflection: in our classrooms with children, partnerships with families, and professional development with educators.

Our Values:

Learning in Relationship

We seek and cultivate a wide breadth of thought and ideas as the foundation for meaningful connections with and intentional commitments to each other, which promotes social responsibility, interest in the unfamiliar, and respect for nature.

We believe in reciprocal influence.

Emergent Curriculum

We evoke new perspective by noticing, inquiring about, and reflecting on moments of curiosity or passion and make that discovery visible through documentation and expressive media.

We believe learning is constructed through experiences, inquiry, and reflection.

Leadership in Community

We foster courageous leadership and serve as a model of innovative, reflective early childhood education practices.

We believe that collective contributions lead to bold action.

Organizational Integrity

We commit to transparent and responsible organizational practices that uphold our mission, sustain Hilltop, and bring playful joy to our work.

We believe that root tending creates stability and intentional growth.