Program Goals
Program Goals

INFANTS (6 weeks -18 months)
  • To care for infants in a warm, affectionate way, to let each child know that s/he is a special person. This includes the physical affection and cuddling that is so important at this stage of development.
  • To meet each child's physical need completely.
  • To implement and adhere to strict sanitation procedures
  • To provide opportunities for exploring, learning, and social interaction through a wide variety of daily activities.



  • To prepare activities to stimulate senses, recognizing that infants learn through the use of their eyes, ear, fingers, nose, and taste buds.
  • To prevent disorder and over-stimulation; and to provide opportunities for small group and one on one interaction between the children and teachers.
  • To provide opportunity for the use of large and small motor skills and outdoor activity.
  • To establish awareness among staff that always provides for a safe environment.
  • To provide consistency between child care and home care practices that will be most beneficial to the infant, and will offer the parents an opportunity to influence the kind f care their child receives.
  • To establish an observation system in which records on children development are kept.
  • To provide parents with annual progress reports on their child's development and an opportunity to meet and discuss the child.
  • To be supportive of parents, encouraging involvement and open and honest communication.

TODDLERS (19 months - 36 months)
  • To provide a loving, caring atmosphere where physical affection is freely given.
  • To instill in each child a feeling of autonomy and a positive self-concept.
  • To provide a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach with the children.
  • To meet each child's physical needs completely.
  • To establish the foundations for respect of equipment.
  • To establish the foundation of respect for others.
  • To provide for language development that is so important at this stage.
  • To make available a large variety and quantity of materials on the shelves and in the
  • classroom, at level of the children (manipulatives, dramatic play, pull toys, watertable, blocks, books)
  • To provide ample opportunity for use of gross motor skills.
  • To provide a variety of activities that begin to introduce the curriculum areas of art,science, cooking, social studies, dramatic play, manipulative activities, language, large motor, music and movement.
  • To be supportive of parents, encouraging involvement and open and honest communication, while using tact and discretion.
  • To develop staff potential through proper supervision by making expectations clear, following through to see that expectations are met, and utilizing staff input and their abilities.
  • To develop self-help skills in order to create a feeling of independence and confidence in each child (this can be done through toilet teaching, dressing themselves, and letting them help in the kitchen or set up activities.
  • To provide care in smaller sub-groups in order to give each child more personal attention, to prevent under and over stimulation, to allow more freedom of choices, and to maintain a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • To establish awareness among staff so that a safe environment is always present. To encourage social development through cooperative play.
  • To establish an observation system in which records on children's development are kept.
  • To provide parents with annual progress reports on their child's development and an opportunity to meet and discuss the child.
  • To facilitate a positive and healthy transition into a preschool program.

MULTI-AGE CLASSROOMS (3-6 years)
  • To provide a warm, affectionate, and genuine atmosphere that lets each child know that s/he is a special person.
To promote emotional growth.
  • -to build self-confidence and a sense of self-worth by allowing choices within limits to build on successful experiences.
  • -to provide an accepting environment for each child to learn, work, and play in.
  • -to encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder with emphasis on self-motivation.
  • to promote social growth.
  • -to develop a sense for caring for, and sensitivity towards others.
  • -to recognize group needs vs. individual differences.
  • to promote intellectual growth.
  • -to develop a sense of curiosity.
  • -to provide an atmosphere where children discover and explore
  • to provide independence through teaching how and where to find solutions.
To provide a wide variety of activities within a routine where cooperative play is encouraged and the following curriculum areas are implemented
  • math,science, cooking, music and movement, large muscle, practical life, dramatic play, fine motor activities, and language arts.
Through these activities children will learn to
  • be able to trust their own feelings about what they learn, see, hear, and do,
  • will begin sharing these experiences with others.
To promote physical! motor development.
  • for children to use their bodies in a variety of active ways by participating in fine and large motor activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • To establish respect for equipment and materials.
  • To be supportive of parents, encouraging involvement and open and honest communication.
  • To establish and implement an observation system.
  • To establish awareness among staff so that a safe environment is always present.
  • To provide a relaxed, loving, and clam atmosphere where self-concept is enhanced, independence and choices are encouraged, and self-discipline is gained in an environment where the child knows the limits and expectations.
  • To develop in each child an appreciation for beauty and nature.
  • To make available a large variety and quantity of materials, on shelves and in the classrooms, at the levels of the children.
  • To facilitate a healthy and positive transition into kindergarten and the primary grades using screening and early intervention techniques as necessary.