Choose from two, three, or five full-day a week program options.
The space is designed for infants to move, explore and discover. Unlike a conventional child care center, the environment is free of swings, high chairs or other traditional constraints. Natural lighting, thoughtfully displayed materials, and interesting manipulatives invite curiosity while promoting a calm ambiance.
The RIE/Pickler methodology encourages respectful and meaningful interactions between teachers and infants. Teachers continuously communicate intentions and outcomes to children, in order to foster their feelings of trust and independence. By thoughtful listening and through respectful verbal and physical cues, teachers intend to create an atmosphere where each child feels secure, autonomous, competent, and authentic. Because of this trusting relationship, infants are given the space and time to master their own skills, and to learn and grow in a positive and encouraging environment. Basic sign language is introduced as a means to communicate needs and wants. Teachers interact with children at their level, not from above.
Daily routines facilitate social & emotional security through the creation of a predictable classroom environment, focused on the interests and needs of each child. Sensory, art, music, language, and fine/gross motor experiences are introduced to support learning objectives. Older infants eat snacks and meals at a table, to encourage development of motor skills and teach appropriate social interactions. Each classroom houses a separate crib area for napping, a changing station, and a kitchen area for food preparation & clean-up.
Teachers communicate scheduled learning opportunities through lesson plans, and share photos and descriptions of class experiences through project boards. Each child’s infant experience is also documented weekly through the use of portfolios, journals, and daily highlights that describe each day’s adventures.