twice a day!
Balanced menu of breakfast, lunch,
afternoon snack and all drinks!
on site at all times!
Appropriate group sizes and ratios of teaching staff to children are maintained:
Infants—no more than 12 children in a group, with 3 teaching staff
Toddlers—no more than 10 children in a group, with 2 teaching staff
2-Year-Olds—no more than 8 children in a group, with 1 teaching staff
Pre-K—no more than 10 children in a group, with 2 teaching staff
We use "Little Learners," based on the Creative Curriculum, and we also follow Virginia Milestones for Development
This curriculum is consistent with our program's goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive.
Our well-planned written curriculum provides a guide for teachers and administrators. It helps them work together and balance different activities and approaches to maximize children’s learning and development. The curriculum includes goals for the content that children are learning, planned activities linked to these goals, daily schedules and routines, and materials to be used.
The program has a safe and healthful environment that provides appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments. The environment includes facilities, equipment, and materials to facilitate child and staff learning and development.
We have an organized, properly equipped, and well-maintained program environment facilitates the learning, comfort, health, and safety of the children and adults who use the program.
Our open plan facility is designed so that staff can supervise all children by sight and sound. We have the necessary furnishings, such as hand-washing sinks, child-size chairs and tables, and cots and cribs.
We maintain variety of materials and equipment appropriate for children’s ages and stages of development is available and kept clean, safe, and in good repair.
Outdoor play areas have a 6' chain link fence to prevent access to streets and other hazards. First-aid kits, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and other safety equipment are installed and available.
Health & Nutrition
Our program promotes the nutrition and health of children and protects children and staff from illness and injury. Children must be healthy and safe in order to learn and grow. We have licensed nurses on staff at all times and our meals are prepared from fresh ingredients every day in a state inspected kitchen.
Teaching staff have training in pediatric first aid and CPR
Infants are placed on their backs to sleep.
We have policies regarding regular hand washing and routinely clean and sanitize all surfaces in the facility. We have a clear plan for responding to illness, including how to decide whether a child needs to go home and how families will be notified.
Our program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the curriculum goals.
Children have different learning styles, needs, capacities, interests, and backgrounds. By recognizing these differences and using instructional approaches that are appropriate for each child, teachers and staff help all children learn.
Teachers carefully supervise all children. Teachers provide time each day for indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting) and organize time and space so that children have opportunities to work or play individually and in groups.
Children’s recent work (for example, art and emergent writing) is displayed in the classroom to help children reflect on and extend their learning.
Teachers modify strategies and materials to respond to the needs and interests of individual children, engaging each child and enhancing learning.
Assessment of Child Progress
Our program is informed by ongoing systematic, formal, and informal assessment approaches to provide information on children’s learning and development. These assessments occur within the context of reciprocal communications with families and with sensitivity to the cultural contexts in which children develop.
Assessment results benefit children by informing sound decisions, teaching, and program improvement.
Assessments help teachers plan appropriately challenging curriculum and tailor instruction that responds to each child’s strengths and needs. Assessments can also help teachers identify children with disabilities and ensuring that they receive needed services.
Our program supports children’s learning using a variety of assessment methods, such as observations, checklists, and rating scales.
Assessment methods are appropriate for each child’s age and level of development and encompass all areas of development, including math, science, and other cognitive skills; language; social-emotional; and physical.