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Early Learning Lab: (Infant: 16 weeks-14 months, Toddler: 14 -24 months) Designed to equally benefit parents and children by providing fun and learning in a safe, stimulating and loving environment that promotes a variety of skills and social relationships. This program provides children with the beginning steps to knowing themselves as a learner and as a member of a group. Children are able to work through transitions and sharing so that they are better prepared for learning in a group setting. Teachers help children and parents work through separation.

Mother Toddler: (15 months by September 1) Designed to provide a shared experience for mother and toddler and a chance for each to interact with their own peer groups. The toddler is introduced to a classroom setting while interacting with his/her mother during the first few weeks of the program. Gradually, with encouragement, the toddler separates from his/her mother for a portion of the class time and the mothers then meet with a facilitator for discussions on topics such as parenting techniques, behavioral issues, health and family. Many women have formed lasting friendships through this program.

Mother Child: (2 years old by September 1) Designed to provide a safe
and enjoyable learning experience for both mother and child. The children’s growth areas include thoughtful separation from mother, social interaction, awareness of others, conflict resolution and early language development. While the children are engaged in the classroom, the mothers meet with an experienced group facilitator. The group discusses topics that hone their parenting skills, help them balance self with mothering and contribute to their awareness that they are not alone.

2’s Preschool: (2 years old) Designed to provides children with the
beginning steps to knowing themselves as a learner in a group setting. Children are supported as they work through transitions and sharing so that they are better prepared for the dynamics of community learning. Teachers help children and parents work through separation. The daily schedule includes: gross motor and free choice play, group time with
songs and stories, snack, and process-oriented art explorations.

3’s Pre-Kindergarten: (3 years old by September 30) Designed to embrace the many facets of the developing child. Free choice play is a key part of our day. It is during this time that children learn to interact with their peers by sharing, using their “words” to communicate their needs, wants and feelings, and to choose freely from among several learning centers which provide academic challenges, creative outlets, fine motor skill-building, literacy activities, sensory experiences, science exploration and dramatic play.

4’s Pre-Kindergarten: (4 years old by September 30) Designed to prepare children for Kindergarten through cooperative and imaginative play and by enhancing their awareness of the outside world. Children tackle new challenges through problem solving, listening and accepting responsibility. Opportunities are provided to increase verbal and comparative skills, enhance socialization, develop motor skills and build self-esteem.

5’s Pre-Kindergarten: (5 years old by December 1 or 31st with recommendation) Designed for children who do not meet the public school cut off for Kindergarten enrollment but still have birthdays in the fall. Since the children in the program are older we are able to specifically target each child’s developmental needs. The program’s curriculum was developed by focusing on the Common Core Standards and communicating with District 181 Kindergarten teachers. The class emphasizes project-based learning and concentrates on experimentation, with the children acting as researchers. Our goal is to meet children at their individual stages of development and challenge them to rise to the next level.

KinderBOOST!: (5 years old) This half-day program supplements the Kindergarten school day. KinderBoost! is designed to give Kindergarteners an academic “boost” by providing challenging academic activities aligned with the Common Core Standards. “Boost!” curriculum is paralleled with goals that District 181 uses throughout the Kindergarten year. Recreation and socialization provide a healthy balance in the curriculum. Class focus is on literacy, science and mathematics using games, experiments, studies, worksheets and projects.