Infants and toddlers experience rapid growth and development, especially during the birth year. Building strong emotional attachments with family and caregivers is the foundation for optimal psychological and physical development. At the CEC, infants and toddlers are able to develop at their own pace with the loving support and encouragement provided by their caregivers. Our team of highly-qualified teachers focus on mirroring children’s at-home routines as closely as possible and meeting each child’s unique needs and individual rhythms. We use a respectful approach where caregivers establish trusting and meaningful relationships with each child by understanding their cues and allowing them to actively participate in their own routines and encouraging the growth of autonomy.
As infants become toddlers, their needs evolve, as does our program with increasingly complex activities and more challenging outdoor environments. Additional group experiences promote overall development, build self-confidence and social awareness. These opportunities include language activities such as conversations, singing, reading, storytelling, and music. Daily experiences indoors and out provide rich stimulation for cognitive and physical growth.
Preschool children (aged 3-5) are curious, thoughtful, inquisitive, energetic, loving and full of emotion. They learn best through first-hand, meaningful engagements with the world around them, including peers and adults. They thrive when allowed to explore, discover and find the answers to their questions. The CEC’s Preschool Program provides a rich, stimulating and engaging curriculum designed to meet their developmental needs as well as pique their interests to learn. Our engaging indoor and outdoor classrooms are full of provocations, areas intentionally designed for exploration, and learning opportunities that intrigue and delight children.
The outdoor classroom for the preschool has an abundance of space and natural materials, and children have large blocks of uninterrupted time to imagine, discover and investigate. Natural materials such as sticks, logs, rocks, pine cones are readily available for children to use in their play. While some might consider these materials to be unconventional in a preschool setting, they provide rich opportunities for creativity and imagination, problem-solving and engineering. Each day in our preschool program provides children with lots of physical activity, stimulating activities, rich literacy experiences that promote reading and writing, and time to master newly developing abilities. In addition, social learning and the development of meaningful and compassionate relationships with peers and adults is a special focus and reflects our unique approach to fostering healthy interpersonal relationships.
Children leave us and move on to kindergarten with great confidence, a strong sense of themselves, and a wealth of knowledge about the world around them. Public and independent schools let us know they value having children and families from the Child Educational Center in their schools, and repeatedly report that children from our programare ready and eager to learn, and demonstrate skill and confidence as kindergarteners.
Two Year Olds
During this year of a young child’s life, they are eager to learn more about the world around them, understand how things work, and exert increasing control in their life. This is a time marked by increasing language skills, emerging cooperative play, and increased understanding of cause and effect. The capacity for increased levels of problem solving as well as toilet learning are also significant hallmarks of the two-year-old year. Using this knowledge of children’s physical, social and cognitive development, our caregivers focus on supporting and expanding these interests and skills. As two-year-olds experience significant strides in all areas of their development, our environments and curriculum expands to meet their individual and collective needs. Our hilly, looping bike path, swings, versatile climbing experiences, as well as writing, painting, and building with a variety of loose parts and manipulatives are just a few of the activities that are available daily to stimulate their bodies and minds.
Our dedicated indoor and outdoor spaces for two-year-olds help them develop and blossom into young preschoolers. This unique environment is separate from toddlers and preschool children, allowing it to be appropriately safe yet challenging. With our low teacher:child ratio, teachers are able to offer loving and personal care to all children, as well as providefun and engaging activities that support emerging skills.