Expectations & PBIS


The Early Childhood Center is a PBIS school. “PBIS” stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a program used throughout District 401 schools to emphasize appropriate behaviors.

Our program is designed to teach, support, evaluate and celebrate our expected behaviors of being Safe, Friendly and Ready to Learn. Teachers will systematically spend time throughout the year reviewing these behaviors with our students.


Our Approach


Appropriate behavior is expected throughout the school — in classrooms, hallways, outside property, assemblies, the park, on buses and at extracurricular activities.

Paws, our ECC mascot, reminds us to live up to three fundamental principles:

► Be Safe

► Be Friendly

► Be Ready to Learn

Appropriate behavior shows respect for teachers and classmates and supports a positive climate for living and learning.


Expectations Matrix


At the start of our school year, teachers explicitly instruct students on appropriate behaviors as detailed in the ECC Expectations Matrix.

All students and staff refer to the Expectations Matrix to guide positive behavior in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, the all-purpose room, the park, on buses, at drinking fountains and during entrances, dismissals, music sessions, assemblies and other activities.


"Paws Up" Behavior


Paws, the Extra Caring Cub, is the school mascot. He's also part of our schoolwide PBIS program.

Each time a teacher notices a classroom making good choices, the students will earn a paw print. When a classroom earns five paw prints, the students will earn a group prize.

Prizes include a special snack, a coloring page, a picture with Paws and other great treats to celebrate a job well done.


District 401’s Policy on Student Behavior


Our rules and procedures in this area are governed by District 401's policy on student behavior, which can be found in Section 7:190 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual

This policy’s stated goals and objectives are to provide effective discipline practices that:

(1) ensure the safety and dignity of students and staff; (2) maintain a positive, weapons-free, and drug-free learning environment; (3) keep school property and the property of others secure; (4) address the causes of a student's misbehavior and provide opportunities for all individuals involved in an incident to participate in its resolution; and (5) teach students positive behavioral skills to become independent, self-disciplined citizens in the school community and society.

A searchable online version of the Board of Education’s complete District Policy Manual can be found here.