Wilkinson Early Childhood Center is a community of children, parents, staff, and Maryville University faculty and students dedicated to preparing autonomous citizens for a democratic society. Education is a process through which learners try to make sense of the universe. This constructivist process involves social, ethical, cognitive, symbolic, and physical growth and development. Children construct knowledge by building relationship between people, objects, and events. Staff collaborates to structure an open, caring and stimulating environment. In this environment, children make choices and develop positive dispositions towards active learning through themes, projects, and centers. Staff develop and share expertise through participation in Wilkinson Early Childhood Center-Maryville Professional Development School Partnership. Working together staff, parents, and children create a community of life-long learners.