Parent Information

What is Creative Curriculum?

The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers and Twos and The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool balances teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests.

The Learning Environment

The physical space of the classroom is organized into 9 indoor interest areas:

  • Blocks
  • Dramatic Play
  • Toys and Games
  • Art, Library
  • Discovery
  • Sand and Water
  • Music and Movement
  • Cooking

The 9 indoor interest areas plus the outdoor space provides multiple opportunities for children to learn and apply their skills through play, exploration and discovery.

It also, helps establish and create a classroom community that promotes positive relationships and where children make friends and learn social problem-solving skills.

What Children Learn

The Creative Curriculum enhances social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. On the basis of scientific research and state and professional standards, The Creative Curriculum identifies the following key components:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Technology

Most importantly, The Creative Curriculum® explains how to teach these subject areas in ways that respect how children develop and learn.

FAQs

What is a Program?
Our program is the core time that our lead caregivers are implementing our Creative Curriculum activities, helping children to develop life skills as well as pre academic skills.

What will I see in the classroom?
The cl assrooms in all of our age groups will be utilizing the Creative Curriculum Program.

You will see specific areas in the room designed to address the four areas of development; Cognitive, Language, Physical, and Social/ Emotional. These areas will also address all of the six content areas of learning; Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Technology, as well as the Arts.

f children are learning and developing skills during the program time what are they doing before the program starts and after it ends?
Our Before and After Program Sessions are designed to provide open discovery in a developmentally appropriate and safe environment. Children will have the opportunity to interact with other children in the same age range.

What if my schedule changes?
You may request a schedule change. However, a change in your permanent schedule is dependant upon availability. There is a fee for the permanent schedule change, but it is a one time fee for each change.

How do my Free Day Coupons work?
The number of coupons you receive is dependent upon the Program for which you sign up.

For example, if you sign up for the Monday through Friday Program you will receive ten coupons, double the amount of days that you are scheduled to attend each week. The coupons can be used for doctor appointments, sick days, vacation, or just a needed day off. When you want to use a Free Day Coupon please let the office staff know which days you would like your coupons applied.

What type of meal program does the center offer?
We offer a morning and afternoon snack which is included in your daily rate. Our center will prepare a hot lunch for purchase, or you may qualify for a free lunch. As always you may choose to send your child with a meal from home.

Our center participates in The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which provides nutritious meals and snacks. CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care.

What Should I Bring from Home?

The Little Glad Early Childhood Center provides a wide variety of toys and learning tools for children to use and play with throughout the day. However, there are some things that we ask you to bring for your child.

Infants

  • Diapers
  • Wipes and Diaper Cream (Labeled with name)
  • Extra Clothes
  • Bottles ( Covered and labeled with name, date and amount)
  • Food (Covered and labeled with name, and date)
  • Pacifiers
  • Special blanket or sheet

Toddlers

  • Diapers/ Pull-Ups
  • Wipes and Diaper Cream (Labeled with name)
  • Appropriate clothes for Potty Training
  • Extra Clothes
  • Special Blanket and small pillow for nap time
  • Food (covered and labeled with name and date)

School Age

  • Extra Clothes

Children are discouraged from bringing toys from home. We realize that sometimes children like to share favorite items with a friend. Special books or tapes are appropriate as the whole group can enjoy them together. However, the Center and the staff will not be responsible if these items are lost or damaged. The Little Glad Early Childhood Center does not allow toys of any kind that are violent such as; guns, swords, or violent actions figures.