Mission and Vision

Our Mission

Connect Us is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop skills in young children necessary to becoming socially competent, self-confident, and resilient individuals through physical, creative, and collaborative play in a guided learning environment.

Using the Social Competence Inclusive Play (SCIP) model, Connect Us:

  • Builds social competence in children who are susceptible to being bullied or becoming bullies
  • Improves elementary school recess environments
  • Provides programs that advance community education and awareness of early interventions

Our Vision

Connect Us envisions a world where all children embrace diversity and social stigmas do not exist. Despite differences and abilities, all children learn from each other and can flourish in nonjudgmental, inclusive environments. 

Our Philosophy

  • Social and emotional problems are prevented when social skill development is a priority early in childhood
  • All children desire friendships and want to be included
  • Facilitating the development of social skills is most effective during ‘real time’ play situations
  • Bullies may always exist, but they’ll have no power when we instill skills, values and expectations early in childhood to overcome bystander mentality
  • The Golden Rule should be a critical component of early education
  • During recess, students should have access to adults and mentors who assist with conflict resolution and inclusion
  • Bystander mentality and indifference is perpetuated early in life when kids are ignored or reprimanded for  ‘tattling’
  • Children susceptible to bullying or becoming bullies are best served when schools, parents and the community collaborate to address the issues

 

Vision

6940 South Holly Circle #230.Centennial, CO 80112.Phone: 303-773-3960.Fax 303-759-0803.www.connectusnow.org

Connect Us envisions a world where all children embrace diversity and where social stigmas do not exist.  Despite differences and abilities, all children learn from each other and can flourish in non-judgmental, inclusive environments.