Our program philosophy is based on the premise that children learn about the world around them through play (active involvement with other children adults, and materials).
Children need years of experience with real objects and events before they are ready to understand the meaning of symbols such as letters and numbers. Children learn best in open-ended explorations when teachers help them make connections. Learning takes place as young children touch, manipulates, and experiments with the things, and interact with people. The teachers’ role is to create an environment that supports the ideas and experiences of children and invites them to observe, be active, make choices, and experiments. Learning is not imposed on the child; rather it is what takes place naturally in an environment that offers a choice of activities created with children’s interests in mind.
“Just for Fun”
Television or video viewing is not part of the developmentally appropriate curriculum designed for the education of your children. However, there may be times when videos may be used in the classroom for special learning activities. Parents are asked to sign a permission slip with registration packets, if you are opposed to all television viewing, please report this in writing to the center director to be placed in your child’s file.
The following list of items will help you be ready for school:
- Items for rest: blanket, small pillow, favorite “soft” toy (Special toys are restricted to use during rest & otherwise must remain in your child’s cubby)
- Diapers & wipes (if appropriate)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Water bottle (or “sippy” cup) – water bottles are left at school and must be able to stand up to daily use in sanitizer (hard plastic, stainless steel, etc.)
- Hat (sunglasses recommended)
- Extra Clothes (underpants, pants, shirt, socks, shoes)
- School policy recommends that all shoes have closed toes and closed backs
- Seasonally appropriate clothing (hats, gloves, sweaters, jackets, snow gear, snow boots, bathing suits, towel, etc.)
- Family Pictures for your child’s cubby
Please be sure to check your child’s cubby often to ensure teachers have a fresh supply of all items (especially clean clothes and diapers).
Keep in mind that active preschoolers get messy as a part of learning! Try not to send your children in special clothing, as we often use fun and messy materials that may cause stains. We do our best to keep kids clean, but we value their learning and play too much to compromise fun (and sometimes untidy) stuff!
All children who are well enough to be in attendance are expected to participate in outdoor play. The only exceptions are stormy days, summer days when the heat index is over 100, and winter days when the wind chill factor is below 20 degrees. On these days, children will either stay inside or go outside for brief periods of time. Studies have consistently shown that children do not have lowered resistance to colds or other infections because of outdoor play, but are much healthier and have stronger resistance to illness with exercise out-of-doors. Also, in order to maintain our teacher-to-child ratio, ALL of the children must go out at the same time. Parents MAY NOT request for their child to stay indoors while the rest of the group is outside.
Outings on Campus
Except during summer programming, when outings may take place daily, parents are given notice for all special activities and “field trips.” When classes utilize different departments on campus (such as the library and larger playground), teachers will notify families and leave cell phone contact information posted outside of the classroom. For special outing events (like “Barnyard Days”), staff will often request parent volunteers to help facilitate increased supervision, so please let us know if you would like to participate in such outings. (Chaperoning outings is a great way to meet your Parent Volunteer Component hours - see Page 12!)
When classes leave the facility, teachers take along packets of emergency contact information for each child. In the event of any emergency, you will be contacted immediately.
If you arrive late to school with your child and his/her class has left for an outing, you will be responsible for locating the group on campus so that your child may join in the activity taking place.