|Welcome to the Infant Program|
Online Daily Sheets: We'll electronically track daily information about your baby's feedings, diapering, sleeping, moods, activities, photos, and more! This information is accessible from your computer or through a Smartphone or iPad application. You'll have peace of mind while you watch what your baby is doing while in our care.
Age Range: Infants that are 6 weeks of age through 16 months.
Small Student/Teacher Ratio: 4:1
Non-Mobile Area: This is a separate area in our classroom, away from crawling and walking babies, where your baby can practice tummy-time, play on the floor with a teacher, or enjoy his or her bottle while being held in a rocking chair without having the older infants in this space.
Diaper Changing Area: Our changing tables are sanitized after every diaper change. Just like the teacher, your baby will have his/her hands washed after every diaper change.
Kitchen: Our infant classrooms offer a full-size kitchen which includes a fridge and sink.
Quiet Nap Room: The nap room is separated from active babies. Your baby will have a restful sleep in our softly lit nap room filled with gentle lullabies. The room is monitored continuously. Your baby will have his/her own designated crib and sheets provided by us. To add the comfort of home, you are welcome to bring in your baby's pacifier for use during nap times.
Experienced: Our lead teachers have each been employed with us for over ten years! Dawn has been with us since 2001 and Kristi has been with us since 1998! Our teachers are very familiar and comfortable responding to your baby’s messages and cues to determine his/her needs.
Loving: Our teachers will comfort your baby by holding him/her close, rocking or talking quietly when he/she is crying or upset. They’ll hold your baby during feeding times and talk to him/her in soothing and reassuring tones.
Consistent: We know providing a limited number of consistent, qualified caregivers is a large part of building trust and security at our Center. We have regular staff with very little turn over that children and families can count on. Providing infants with an environment that encourages positive interaction in familiar surroundings as well as lots of positive encouragement & hugs also promotes trust and security at our Center. We make every effort to quickly answer each baby's cues, acknowledge anxiety, and offer loving support and reassurance to children in our care.
Our CurriculumChildren’s Discovery Academy celebrates the fact that we do not teach from a boxed curriculum but instead employ caring, qualified educators to write curriculum which meets all of the early childhood indicators of progress. This way, we can ensure we are meeting the individual needs of your child.
Baby Sign Language: The teachers at Children’s Discovery Academy will talk out loud to your baby while signing. This will help your baby communicate with sign language before they are able to verbally communicate.
Toys and Activities: Our teachers will stimulate your baby through a variety of activities that promote learning such as reading stories, singing songs, playing games, exploring musical instruments, going for walks, crawling on climbers in our classroom and in our indoor gym, etc.
Social Development: Your baby will build friendships with classmates that will continue for years to come as they advance to the toddler and preschool programs with other students. Teachers promote positive relationships with other children consistently by talking about what children are doing, providing opportunities to play in small groups, and by using names and other identifying characteristics to promote comfort and familiarity with others. We have multiple toys to encourage parallel play instead of expecting infants to always take turns. We talk about the emotions of other children and provide opportunities for imitation during songs and other play.
Emotional Development: Positive relationships with teachers will develop a sense of trust in the world.
Small motor development: Opportunities for babies to reach, pull, grasp are part of our daily environment. Teachers encourage babies to hold their fingers, Older babies are practicing grasping by feeding themselves. We provide a variety of age-appropriate equipment to encourage fine motor skills (shape sorters, nesting blocks, simple puzzles, stacking rigs). Older infants are given daily opportunities to do art projects which require holding a paint brush, crayons, etc. Children are given daily opportunities for sensory experiences which require fine motor skills.
Large Motor Development: Rolling over, pushing up, crawling, taking steps, walking and running are all huge milestones for your baby. He/she will have the freedom to move about safely in the classroom while working on these tasks. Also, the exposure to climbing cubes and mats in the gym will help expand his/her large motor development.