- in having high expectations for children.
- in helping each child develop life skills, friendships and a shared sense of community.
- in valuing play. When kids play they learn to cooperate, negotiate, develop new skills, create, make decisions, accept responsibility and initiate activities.
- that all people at RASP, children, staff, families, volunteers, deserve respect.
- that children grow best when given a chance to explore what really interests them.
- that children who can make choices about their time and their friends are more likely to behave cooperatively.
- that children thrive best in a positive environment.
- that exercising minds and bodies makes children healthy.