Our childcare team works hard to stay educated on the most up-to-date teaching methods. We create our curriculum around the children we serve by providing them with goals that are achievable, catered specifically to the child, easily recognizable and maintainable. We mirror our philosophy to the Indiana Foundations Standard to be sure that we teach what children need to know at the correct stages in their life. We believe these methods nurture children’s learning and give them fertile ground for continued growth. Our methods are exemplified in the activities and creative curriculum we complete with the children daily, magnifying these methods through play.
Our curriculum is based in the fields of:
Each day infants receive a detailed report so that parents are informed of how and what they did for the day, the amount and type of food they ate, and what their mood was like overall. Toddlers alike receive a personalized weekly grade card that is designed to give the parent a re-cap of what was accomplished for the week and how their child responded to new concepts and environments as they learned through play. Each student has on-going assessments that are completed to ensure they are always with the right group that makes the most impact daily. These assessments are measured against growth milestones and standardized tests for early child development. We communicate these findings with parents regularly so they are aware of any red flags that may have occurred.
We make thinking visible. Visible thinking uses thinking routines and documentation created by children and teachers to make the thinking process more visible in the classroom in a natural, manageable way. By using thinking routines and documenting children's responses, teachers can make children aware of their own thinking and thought processes.
When children speak, write, draw, build, or dramatize their ideas, they make their thinking visible.
This is how we help create, evaluate and monitor our curriculum regularly. If the curriculum is not flexible, it is not designed with the child in mind.
Why Parenting Enrichment Classes?
The job of the childcare is only half done when it has educated the children at our schools. Since it has been demonstrated without a doubt that the home environment and the role played by understanding parents are paramount in the determination of what the child is to become, it is just as important to me to help the parent feel more adequate for their task at home. Parenting classes are equally as important from the point of view of public education, especially concerning the welfare of our society. I have witnessed through the years the success of our Parenting programs, and believe it is the foundation of our future. If we can get the home right, together - allowing the parents to feel more in control- then the school environment will ultimately turn around for the greater good because the children will be the ones experiencing the most impact.
Why is there a cost involved?
There is a cost to mostly everything. It requires time and preparation to develop these classes, more than 15 hours. We offer childcare during these sessions, typically providing a light snack for the participating families and offer materials that are useful to take home. The sessions are well worth the price.
Where does the information come from?
I do quite a bit of research on a weekly basis and in order to stay on the cutting edge of childcare-pre-school, I have to. I believe in education or I wouldn't have completed it myself. Everything that we do here at our school is backed by research. From our daily schedule, how we teach the children through play and, yes, even the enrichment classes we put together for our families. I am a resource to the community the research mostly comes from my previous studies where I obtained a Doctorate Degree in Education, with a speciality in Early Childcare. I would never want to give someone wrong information, I wouldn't be able to sleep if I did. I try to ensure my staff are equipped to handle what happens on a day to day basis, by continuing to provide them with sound knowledge that I continue to receive also. My experience and expertise, simply because I have had more practice with a variety of children, has brought me to this point. Over 15 years of childcare experience and 25 years of management combined working with the public - I now realize that “I” am the brand - it's truly Dr. MommyC's house. That house was not built in a day, nor was it built alone. I am first, the forever learner.
Does the Potty Training Program really work?
I guess you should ask the 370 families we have helped. They are your best resource of response. But, yes, I believe it does work or I wouldn't apply it to our program. It's a no nonsense approach, with a positive angle that simply rewards children for the efforts and helps empower them to grow. It's always interesting when our parents are amazed at how it works. I love seeing our little ones become big boys and big girls. The other children that are already potty trained truly are the little helpers to the program as well.
What are your biggest desires?
Expansion and Impact! I never want to stop growing. In every way possible. Whether that is multiple buildings, or me personally. I truly want what is best for everyone I come in contact with. Although it requires great sacrifice, I believe it is and will continue to be worth it!
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