We provide transportation according to need. Our staff / child ratio is lower than state licensing standards. We also use floating substitutes to achieve higher quality with smaller groups. We use our Agency's Family Day Care program for continuity of care for children under 15 months and over 5 years. We incorporate family activities into our curriculum to increase parent involvement. We offer parent support and education groups. We contract with behavioral specialists to help teachers deal with difficult issues such as violence and substance abuse. We employ a Family Service Coordinator who acts as an advocate for families and children in meeting special needs. We have developed a resource library containing curriculum books, articles, newsletters, and parent resources to be used by staff and families. We collaborate with numerous community resources to meet the diverse needs of our population.
The Learning Experience
The Children's Aid Child Care Center teaching methods and standards are based on the recommendations of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center provides a curriculum that maximizes resources and addresses the development of the whole child. Dramatic play, art, and construction are incorporated into the learning process as well as computer training and Yoga classes. The center takes advantage of local resources such as the local library, art museum, planetarium, farms, gardening centers, and vocational high schools. Social skills are developed through visitations of senior citizen centers, downtown parks, local businesses, and through programs that guide the children toward a non-violent approach to conflict resolution and to encourage tolerance and understanding of others.
The center is equipped with a full-service kitchen and each child is provided with a hot breakfast, lunch, and a nutritious snack at no cost to the parent. Cooking experiences such as baking bread, and making soups and nutritious snacks are integrated into the learning process as well as to address nutritional requirements. – less–ZoomInfo