About the program
CDC has a curriculum plan based on our philosophy that children learn best through active play and exploration in a stimulating environment. Our curriculum is child-centered and play-based; children are given many opportunities to engage in free choice activities that encourage developmental growth in the following areas: affective/social, cognitive, language and dramatic play, gross and fine motor, creative art and music.
No, children do not have to be potty trained. Many children are not developmentally ready at 2 1/2 years old. We work with families to determine when your child is ready to begin the training process.
CDC does not provide lunches for children. Children bring their own lunch every day. The only restriction we have for lunches is no candy or pop (soda). We do not provide refrigeration or have the capability to heat up lunches. To keep them cold we recommend a cold pack in the lunch or a thermos to keep lunches warm.
Licensing regulations require all preschools to offer a rest time to all children who are in all day care. Rest time is structured so that children who need to sleep are given time to fall asleep while all children are laying quietly on cots listening to stories being read by one of our teachers. After those children are asleep, quiet activities are provided for those who remain awake.
We use the peer problem solving method of conflict resolution. This is a technique developed to assist children in resolving their own problems. Acting as a facilitator, the teacher supports children as they become responsible for discussing and solving differences that normally arise during social interaction.
Biting is a normal developmental stage children go through when they do not have the language skills to express their frustration. If a biting incident occurs, we talk about how much it hurts to be bitten and also have the child who was bitten talk about how it made him/her feel. When biting is a persistent problem with a child, we will have staff member shadow the child until the behavior stops.
The initial separation form your child can be a traumatic experience for both parent and child. During our parent orientation we give several tips to make this transition as smooth as possible. Our staff is well trained in helping children separate from families and enter into play at CDC.