Early Education Childhood Center
Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center serves up to 110 children and promotes physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development for children of teen mothers beginning at 6 weeks old through Pre-K. It is our philosophy that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration, and discovery.
Our program was developed on a relationship-based model. To thrive and develop a sense of security, self-confidence, and motivation to learn, young children need caring adults. Because children learn best when encouraged to engage in meaningful activities, we have created classroom environments that reflect their interests and stimulate learning. In this playful environment, we strive to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development. We support the whole family and encourage family involvement in our early childhood program.
Knowing that my son is learning across the street from me is a great feeling. He loves his teachers and never wants to miss a day of school.Angelica, Class of 2017
Our program includes:
- Creative Curriculum facilitated by teachers to support the Objectives for Development and Learning as outlined by Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment System
- Classroom environments structured to meet the highest standards on the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) or
- Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)
- Three age-appropriate playgrounds for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and daily early literacy activities in our curriculum
- Ten classrooms for children ages 6 weeks through Pre-K, four of which are Early Head Start classrooms administered in partnership with Clayton Early Learning
- Family-style meals promoting healthy eating habits, serving breakfast, lunch, and snack daily from our scratch kitchen
- Breastfeeding support in our infant and toddler classrooms
- Robust family engagement program that includes family lunchtime literacy-based programming and classroom celebrations, and parent-teacher conferences, during which teen parents are provided with growth assessment results, and receive guidance on how to strengthen their child’s development
- On-site collaboration with Child Find to identify children with developmental delays, and help our young parents access resources and early intervention support
- Special guidance for expecting or new mothers to help them understand the importance of ECE and navigate CCCAP and child support system requirements as needed