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We believe children learn best in a nurturing environment where the staff and the parents are partners working together to meet each child’s developmental needs.
Our program’s toddler Lead Teachers, known as Specialists, are all PITC trained (The Program for Infant/Toddler Care) and follow a primary caregiver philosophy. The toddlers and their caregivers stay together as a group in the same classroom for up to 2 years before moving on to preschool.
The year or two before a child goes to kindergarten they are enrolled in the preschool program. The preschool learning environments are structured into learning areas that facilitate social/emotional development, language skill development and other concepts to support school success and a joy of learning.
The Children’s Programs serve as a laboratory setting for Early Childhood Education students, or those in related disciplines, to do their supervised field training. The center is designed to support college students with a place to observe and interact with the children while developing skills to prepare for careers working with young children.
Children’s Programs Core Values
- Learning environments that are inviting and safe; that inspire curiosity and exploration; and are adapted to facilitate each child’s success
- A curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and emergent in response to the individual needs of each child
- An approach to teaching that facilitates problem solving and the development of self-help skills
- Diversity – understanding and accepting cultural and style differences; creating and sustaining an environment where it is safe to be who you are
- The primary caregiver approach which supports consistency and continuity of care for infants and toddlers
- Partnerships with each family built upon compassion and respect
- The importance of cognitive development because the years from birth to age 5 are the foundation that successful lives are built upon.