"Ripen With Us"
Child Care Center, Inc.
An Early Childhood Learning Center
Established in 1974

Nursey, Infants and Tweeny Tot's
Infants are cared for in three (3) separate classrooms.  All classrooms care for eight (8) with a Head Teacher and Teacher Aide.  The Infant Department is headed by a Registered Nurse. 

All meal components are included.  We use Walmart's Parent's Choice Iron Fortified Infant Formula, Gerber Cereals, Fruits and Vegetables are pureed here on site.  We also have a four week circulating menu that follows USDA guidelines for all requirements when the children start table foods.

Parents are to provide diapers and/or wipes for their child enrolled.  A diaper bag with at least 2 to 3 changes of clothes and a blanket are also allowable.  If a child soils clothing, we will put the clothing in a plastic bag and place it in their cubby for you to take home.

We have a sick policy in place for the safety of all children and staff at the center.  A copy of it can be found in the Parent Handbook upon registration and also in the Rules and Regulations when you visit.

Now let's introduce the rooms:


The Nursery:

The first year of your child's life comes with rapid changes in growth and development.  Our Nursery curriculum is based on knowledge of child development.

Setting achievable, but challenging goals that are age, individual and socially appropriate are important factors to our program.  The babies are encouraged to explore and have fun.  Their attempts and accomplishments are praised so they may feel increasingly competent and self-aware.  Everyday care giving routines such as mealtimes, diapering or sleeping are included in the nursery curriculum as well.

A daily Nursery Form is filled out when you drop of your child.  The left side is filled out by you to let us know how your baby's day is so far.  The right side will then be filled out by us to let you know how your baby's day is with diaper changes, naps, fluids/bottles, cereal, activities, meds, etc.  The communication with the parent is important.  We have phones in all the classrooms so you can call and check in anytime you want.


Trust is a very important factor for infants.  In the nursery, infants are allowed to follow their own individual daily routine for feeding and naps.  As we respond promptly to your baby's need for food, sleep or comfort, that trusting relationship will develop so your child will feel safe and secure with us.



The Infant's Room:

As this group continues to develop, exploration will take center stage.  Mobility opens new worlds.  As they play the infants can totally be absorbed in their environment.  Opening, shutting, filling, dumping, picking up and dumping are all activities that challenge them as well as their ideas about objects and what they can do.

We have planned activities such as art time, manipulative time, music, etc.  Many activities are planned to increase cognitive development.  To develop fine motor, we do art projects but also include simple pegs, bingo dabbers and playing with toys in our room to help foster these skills.  there is ample time for free play allowing the children to discover things on their own.  Many of the activities and projects are based on themes of the month.  Every day is an adventure and of course, your ideas and input are always appreciated and encouraged.

Everyday each child will receive a day sheet.  Parents need to fill out the top half, and we fill out the bottom during the day to keep you informed regarding meals they ate, diapers/potty, activity, nap times, meds, etc.  Progress reports are also done in January and June to let you know how your child is doing.  Parents can even set up conferences at anytime to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.


Themes of the Month:
September - the color Red/Fruits
October - the color Orange/Fall
November - the color Brown/Veggies/Thanksgiving
December - Winter Wonderland
January - Shapes
February - the color Pink/Baby Animals/Valentine's Day
March - the color Green/Transportation
April - the color Yellow/Spring
May - the color Purple/Mother's Day
June - the color Blue/Father's Day
July - Summer Fun
August - Ocean Life


*The children go outside everyday, weather permitting.  Please dress your child for the weather.  The children also use the inside gym for 20 minutes per day.  For safety reasons, sneakers are the required footwear for activities.*


The Tweeny Tot's Room
:

Welcome to our new Tweeny Tot Room.  This is a very exciting stage of development for your child.  Many changes are taking place, some over time and some daily.  We plan our day according based on developmentally appropriate practices through purposeful play throughout the day.  Play is the key in helping our children understanding their world and to help expand on their experiences.

Social and emotional skill growth is huge when working with older infants.  They are learning how to express their emotions and feelings appropriately.  They are laughing and smiling when they are happy and learning how to use gentle hands and touches when they are frustrated.  Simple communication between the children and the adults and children flourishes at this age.

Everyday each child will receive a day sheet.  Parents need to fill out the top half, and we fill out the bottom during the day to keep you informed regarding meals they ate, diapers/potty, activity, nap times, meds, etc.  Progress reports are also done in January and June to let you know how your child is doing.  Parents can even set up conferences at anytime to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.

The Themes of the Month:
September - Getting To Know You/Fruit/the color RED
October - Signs of Fall/the color ORANGE
November - Farm/Harvest/the color BROWN
December - Seasonal Celebrations
January - Winter Wonderland/the color BLUE
February - Nursery Rhymes/the color PURPLE
March - Shapes/the color GREEN
April - Spring/the color YELLOW
May - Mother's Day/the color PINK
June - Father's Day/the Sea
July - Summer Time Fun
August - Summer Foods