Program Overview

Ethics for Children (EFC) provides a transformative, inclusive, and experiential learning experience for children ages 3 through 13.

Ethics for Children is a learning community where children express ideas and feelings that will strengthen their sense of self; encourage responsibility and empathy; and develop a strong moral compass. In addition to program activities, children benefit by being part of an inclusive, caring community that works together to create a better world.

The Ethical Core Values forms the foundation of our program setting the standard for how we treat each other and conduct ourselves in a diverse world. Program activities that are age-appropriate and help children develop their own true voice include:

  • Open group dialogue in a safe and nurturing environment
  • Storytelling
  • Exploring diversity
  • Cooperative play and exercises fostering social relationships
  • Resolving conflict
  • Taking responsibility
  • Caring for the environment
  • Critical thinking
  • Investigating and discovering
  • Discussing and engaging in current events
  • Taking local field trips
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Dramatic play
  • Arts and crafts

To view the Ethics for Children curriculum, click here.

Children’s Classes

Ethics for Children meets  from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Sundays  See our FAQ  page for more information. On certain Sundays the entire community, adults and children, come together for a community service project, celebration, or field trip. See calendar for details.

On most Sundays, children meet together in a mixed age cooperative settings. Learning is divided into three themes: Character Education, Social Justice, and Ethics on a rotating weekly basis.

Mentorship Program 8th Grade

When young people reach the 8th grade, they will work with a mentor and devote his/her final year to a social service project of their choice. At the Graduation Ceremony, the student shares their accomplishments with the whole Society. Graduation Year Projects have included videos on the effects of bullying, working at an animal shelter, mentoring Special Olympics contestants, and building houses with Fuller Center for Housing.

Youth Leadership Program:  9th Grade to 12th Grade

As children progress through the EFC program, additional projects and groups are available. The Youth Leadership Program gives high school students an opportunity to lead younger children in community service activities.  Teens may participate in the national program, Youth in Ethical Societies (YES), and attend annual weekend conferences. Click here for the Youth Leadership Program overview.

Childcare is offered for younger children at no charge – see our Ethical Culture Society Nursery School.