Programs at CCC
Toddler program Children must be 18 months of age to enroll in our child care program. Full time and part time positions are offered, although it is required that your child have a minimum of three visits a week. We have discovered that if children attend less than three times a week it is difficult for them to transition into the program and it takes a long time for them to feel ownership of their days at CCC. Those three visits can consist of any part time or full time commitments that work for you. For example, your child may attend two full days and one half day, or one full day and two half days, or three half days or any combination that meets the three visits per week requirement. All openings are based on availability.
Children must be 2 years 6 months to enter our preschool program. Full and part time positions are offered, although it is required that your child has a minimum of three visits per week. We have discovered that if children attend less than three times a week it is difficult for them to transition into the program and they don’t feel that they are there enough to make friends and be a part of the curriculum. Those three visits can consist of any part time or full time commitments that work for you. For example, your child may attend two full days and one half day, or one full day and two half days, or three half days, or nay combination that meets the three visits per week requirement. All openings are based on availability.
We offer a full day kindergarten program for children who are approaching kindergarten age and for those who are currently five years old. We also offer a half-day kindgergarten program for children who attend public school kindergarten in the morning and need afternoon care. We will pick up children from their public school and transport tem back to CCC to have lunch and join our full day kindergarteners for the afternoon. The schools we service are Dicken, Lawton, Bach, Mack, and Eberwhite. It is possible, depending on our current kindergarten enrollment to add a school outside of our geographic radius on occasion.
Before and After School Care
Children who are enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible for our latch key program. You can opt for just before school or just after school care as well as enroll for both programs. The before school program begins at 7:30a.m. and includes breakfast if needed. We depart for school at 8:30a.m. The after school program begins at 3:40 and includes their transportation from their elementary school back to CCC and includes an afternoon snack. The program ends at 5:30 when CCC closes for the day.
Summer Day Camp
This is a full time summer day camp program designed for school age children. The camp consists of an art camp, a sport camp, and a theater camp. The theater camp culminates with a summer musical during the month of August, which is our annual fundraiser to raise monies for our scholarship fund to help homeless and disadvantaged children with childcare costs. The children participate in all three camps.
Our society tends to stress the importance of preschool education by its cognitive milestones, i.e., letter recognition, reading skills, math readiness. Parents naturally want the best education available for their children. As preschool teachers, it is our responsibility to help parents understand the kinds of activities and programs that are most beneficial in the preschool environment. According to the High-Scope Educational Research Foundation, preschool programs that focus on the child’s broad development-rather than rigid academics- result in better-adjusted pre-teens and teen-agers. Learning how to play, as a child is a lesson that must not be treated lightly. It is a vital component of early childhood development and a milestone that will be returned to time and again throughout adult life.
The development of positive social and emotional skills is one of the most important aspects of preschool education. It is important for a child to have a positive self-image and to feel confident. Preschool programs balance-helping children learn how to function in a group setting as well deal with the unique personalities of other children. They must take pride in their individuality and recognize and accept differences in others.
Learning, as we traditionally think of it in an academic sense, takes place throughout the day in a good preschool. Children learn through the process of doing as well as grasping the concepts that will form the foundation for continuing education. While many valuable learning activities may seem like” just play”, there’s more to the activities than meets the eye. For instance, piecing together puzzles prepares a child for reading by helping them to discriminate puzzle piece shapes, which is a forerunner to discriminating the differences between letters. Stringing beads, manipulating play dough and connecting Legos all help to strengthen the muscles in a child’s hands and fingers, which is prerequisite for writing. Water play can help a child grasp early math concepts, such as rules of conservation. The key is to make certain that preschoolers are not required to produce or perform to an arbitrary skill level, or to “do it the right way.”
Piaget, the renowned early childhood education theorist, concluded that children develop abilities in predictable stages as their bodies and minds grow and develop. It is not possible to “hurry” these stages by making children do “advanced work”. The program must make certain there are many activities at a variety of levels so that children are able to find their niche and enhance their skills as they develop. The ideal is to stimulate a child’s interest and curiosity while allowing for continual success.
The traditional view of learning involves desks, books, blackboards and teacher lectures. However, many experts now agree that young children learn much more when they are allowed to move about, manipulating materials and interacting with others. We believe the best preschool program provides both free time and short group time. Many choices are offered in free play settings, because we believe the decision- making process is one of the most valuable attributes we can nurture in our children. Group time, on the other hand is devoted to a specific activity and is designed to not only develop specific skills but also to begin to develop the attention span of our children.
Every childcare center has a unique educational philosophy. We at Children’s Creative center are no different. It is our belief that the optimum program is one, which offers a wide array of options and activities so that each child is able to grow at his or her individual pace. A diverse staff that brings their unique background and culture to the center and in turn enhances the diversity of the program itself also enhances it.