To plan appropriate curriculum, our program uses “The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool” as a guide for teaching. The Creative Curriculum approach is built on the principle that all children learn through the active exploration of their environment; therefore, the environment plays a critical role in learning. The environment also gives the teacher a wide range of teaching strategies to best respond to children’s learning styles, strengths and interests.
What is Creative Curriculum? It is an organized framework for developing a written plan based on accepted theories of child development; this framework can be adapted to meet the individual needs of each child and his/her family. The goals for the Creative Curriculum are to help children become independent, self-confident and enthusiastic learners by actively exploring their environment.
How do children benefit from this style of curriculum? Through the Desired Results Developmental Profile, an observational assessment instrument, you and your child’s teacher will identify specific goals for your child. These goals will be based on your child’s interests, strengths and challenges. The curriculum identifies goals in all ares of development; social/emotional, cognitive, physical and language. The planned activities for the children, the organization of the environment, the selection of classroom materials, and interactions with children are all designed to give your child a successful year in school.
How can you be involved? Your knowledge of your child’s learning style, routines, habits and cues are essential. Throughout the daily routines and activities, there are opportunities for parents to be actively involved in their child’s learning process. We believe the curriculum works best when teachers and parents work together. The curriculum offers tools for parents to understand, assess, and support their child’s development. In addition, the program is respectful of different cultural and language needs.
Our Infant Program: 6 weeks to two years
Our infant rooms are designed to allow for intimate interaction with caregivers, which is most important for the process of attachment. Staff maintains individualized plans for each child based on their stage of development, needs and interests. Staff keep developmental logs on all children which are accessible to parents at any time. It is part of our culture and philosophy to interact with the infants during routines/transitions such as feedings, diapering, play and creative activities which will enhance the development and growth of your child. Our infant program is divided into three phases: (1) six-week to ten months (2) ten months to fifteen months (3) fifteen months to two years. Each one of the classrooms is equipped with materials especially designed for each phase of development – building upon the one before it.
Infant orientation: Upon registration into the infant program, parents will be scheduled for a 1-on-1 orientation to the infant program. At this time individual needs will be discussed and a needs and service profile will be filled out. The parents will be given a chance to voice concerns and ask questions. We understand that placing your infant in a group care facility is a difficult and frightening thing for new parents; our dedicated and professional staff will help make this transition from home to center as easy as possible.
Our Toddler Program: 2 years to potty trained 3
The daily schedule for our toddlers is a little more consistent and predictable than the infant program. For example, toddlers typically eat and sleep as a group at a specified time. Our schedules in the toddler rooms are set so that routines and transitions are timely, predictable and unhurried. A consistent schedule helps toddlers feel more in control and thus more competent and secure, yet this schedule should be flexible enough to respond to children’s individual needs. The classrooms are designed with several distinct areas for children to explore. The goals for our toddlers are to build autonomy, self-help skills and potty training. The activities are carefully and intentionally planned so that all children have the opportunity to be successful.
Preschool 3 and 4 years
The preschool program is committed to an educational program for each child that fosters a positive self-image and a supportive social environment. Parents are considered partners in stimulating the children’s enthusiasm for learning. We offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to develop the child’s knowledge and skills in all areas – physical, social/emotional, cultural, language, cognitive, health and nutrition. The child development program is an excellent environment in which to prepare children for the diversity they will encounter as they grow, enter school and seek fulfillment as adults. The goals for our preschool classrooms include; independence, self-help skills, social interaction, investigation, building self-esteem and helping children make choices. We introduce the concepts of letters, numbers, color and spacial awareness in a nonthreatening way; through play, books, and activities.
Our pre-kindergarten is a culmination of all of the classes that come before it. This is the year that we focus on what most people will consider “school readiness”. Understanding that children need many chances to explore all concepts through their five senses, the curriculum is built around the California Prekindergarten Learning Foundations and Frameworks published by the California State Department of Education. The staff intentionally plan activities that allow for ample time to explore, investigate, try-out and understand. Pre-reading, pre-writing, pre-math and language activities are in both the inside and outside environments giving the children a chance to build a foundation that they will need to be successful in the kindergarten year and beyond. By using the Desired Results Developmental Profile for each child, the staff are able to pinpoint strengths and weakness of each child and plan accordingly.
School Age before and after school care: Our center offers pick up and drop off services to nearby schools for children TK through 10 years of age. During the school year the afternoons are filled with activities, games and homework time. During the summer our program includes field trips throughout Bakersfield, swimming, reading, math and science enrichment.
One of the unique programs in our center is our science laboratory. In this classroom 3-year old children through our school- age children have the chance to explore earth science, physical science and life sciences mixed with math and language activities. Each class has the opportunity several times per week to rotate in and explore. This is a hands-on classroom with creatures of all shapes and sizes. The goals for the science program is to help children become enthusiastic and excited about science. Based upon the STEMS program in elementary schools, our science room offers enriching activities that build the foundation for future scientists. Parents are always welcome to come in and visit and play.