Our Program

Infants & Toddler Program

 THE ENVIRONMENT
There are 2 components to the 0-3 year old age group: a cozy home-like environment for the non-walking children, and a comfortably created place for the walking child to discover their world by working in it.

Understanding and following the needs of the child, and not necessarily those of the adult, the space is created with their success in mind. Furniture is small, very small, to fit the proportions of her body. All of the materials and equipment are life-like, assimilating real objects, but once again, small; designed for use by her tiny hands.

  • The Non-Walking Room (typically 2 – 14 months of age)
    Everyone wants the best for their babies. If it is not home, we try to make it mimic home the best we can. In the environment for the infants and the non-walking children, we create 4 areas that are found in homes: sleeping, personal care, eating, and living/playing.

There is an area just for sleeping; a cozy, quiet area, with beds on the floor available to the children whenever they need to rest. Personal care and hygiene also has its own space. Bathing, changing, dressing, and everything that belongs with developing the awareness and necessity for caring for our own bodies is contained in one area.

The eating, or food area, has everything from a comfortable chair for the adult to feed a baby, to a small sturdy table and chair presenting the child with a different way to eat. Plates, utensils and even drinking cups are all part of the eating area.

Every home has one area where the family gathers. Our space too provides the child with opportunities to play (and work) at developing the skills, both fine and gross motor, he will need to move on to higher learning.

  • The Walking Community (typically 14 – 36 months of age)
    This is a community within itself. Here too, we divide the room into areas, to help focus the child’s attention and interests. There is still a place to rest; quietly and peacefully.

The personal care space continues to focus on personal hygiene. We work on independent dressing and undressing skills, and may introduce toileting.

The eating area expands, and now includes a place for the children to help with preparation of the food they will eat. This area is rich in language, sensory input (ah, the smell of ripe strawberries, waiting to be cut!) and real experiences, with real tools, for a real purpose.

Our “living room” now holds shelves with carefully chosen activities that will match the developmental stages of the child. Shelves are rich with materials to encourage language development, art, music, and manipulative play. Everything is designed to help the child refine skills that are based on real-life activities.

 PARENT COLLABORATION
Particularly with this age group, working with the parents is of utmost importance. Whether our teachers are involved in giving prenatal information or helping parents to create a beautiful environment for their child at home, we provide support to make the infant and toddler years productive and happy for the whole family.

 OUR GOAL
When all of this falls into place, we can:

  • provide experiences that stimulate the senses
  • enrich the child’s vocabulary and understanding of language
  • provide time for the child to repeat and master activities as long as it is productive
  • teach our children how to use tools in their environment such as eating utensils, brooms, sponges, etc.
  • give children the opportunity to learn, through the experiences, a sense of self esteem, self worth, and self confidence

Very young children working toward independence in eating, dressing and toileting, are really working toward what they want to do. We take each child as an individual, allowing them to go at his or her own pace, to achieve their independence.

Sometime between the ages of 2.5 to 3 years of age, your child will start to give us signs that your child is ready to move up. Their language skills will start to develop rapidly; your child will express a growing independence in self-care and other work; your child will want to know what is outside of the ABC Owls Daycare and After School LLC!

 


Preschool

A good preschool can make a difference in a child’s future school years. We offer individual programs for children to help them learn in an environment that is stress free and fun. Some learning centers our preschoolers explore are music, science, math, language arts and manipulative play.

 

A good preschool can make a difference in a child’s future school years. We offer individual programs for children to help them learn in an environment that is stress free and fun. Some learning centers our preschoolers explore are music, science, math, language arts and manipulative play.

Our preschoolers curriculum includes:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies

We invite you to visit us. Contact us to schedule a tour!