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Programs and Age Groups

 
What We Teach in a Loving and Nurturing Environment
 
One of our main focuses is Socialization. Teaching children how to be with others their own age, How to navigate in a social setting, How to negotiate, compromise, lead, and join a group of peers.
 
In our Toddler Program they are learning how to sit for lunch, how to feed themselves, how to sit for story time, how to clean up at clean up time, how to explore the “world around them” including, sensory, music, language, art experiences, and science (caterpillars, ladybugs, and roly polys in our garden).
 
Our Toddler Program includes children ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years old.

We have 2 classrooms each with 1 teacher for 6 children and an aide who helps out when needed.

 
 
In the Preschool Program we have our major potty-training class of 2 1/2-3 yr. olds, our 3’s potty-trained class, and our Pre-Kindergarten class of 4-5yr. olds.
 
We spend a lot of time focusing on socialization. How to identify, label, and express feelings appropriately, what it means to be respectful of others,and the importance of being kind to our friends, are just some of the skills we help to develop.
 
Though we are play-based we are also cognizant of kindergarten readiness. We follow developmentally appropriate practices and try to make each day a joyful one.
 
Our curriculum focuses on the whole child. Physical (fine/gross motor), Cognitive (vocabulary/number/basic concepts), Emotional (how to recognize and express feelings), Social (how to be with peers), Creative (express self through art/dramatic play/role playing), and a Positive Self-Concept (fostering a  sense of self worth).
 
Our Preschool Program includes ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old. We have 3 classrooms with an approximate ratio of 1 teacher per 12 children with two aides who help out where needed.