1. Creating intellectually stimulating environments: BKS teachers understand how young children learn, develop, and succeed. They see their role as facilitating the growth of each child in math, literacy, science, and social and emotional development.

2. Accelerating children’s language, literacy, and cognitive skills: These skills are critical for BKS children to be on an equal footing with children raised with greater advantages. One of the greatest tools we can give students for success—both in school and in life—is a robust vocabulary. In fact, vocabulary size correlates positively with greater reading comprehension and general academic success.

3. Supporting family stability: By itself, early education is not enough. To succeed children need the support of economically secure and physically and mentally healthy parents.

4. Partnering with families: Family members are critical partners in all aspects of the BKS program, including parent meetings, classroom participation, training sessions, parent-teacher conferences and informal gatherings.