The curriculum is designed to meet Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.
Developmentally appropriate practices are considered in all curriculum planning. The teachers develop learning experience plans based on standards and children's interests in the guidance of the Creative Curriculum. There are resource books in the office that all teachers and assistants are welcome to use in planning lessons. The schedule is a balanced schedule to help children develop physically, socially, emotionally, creatively, and cognitively. All learning experiences that are created and taught at the center integrate content areas to foster all areas of development. All employees also are required to consider the developmental level of each child in their room and individualize their learning experience plans and activities in the classroom to meet the learning needs of each child. We strive to engage children in a variety of play, which meets the Early Learning Standards for the state of Pennsylvania. We value the importance of play and how much children learn and grow socially, emotionally, and developmentally from it. Each lead teacher plans their own curriculum which is aligned to the PA early learning standards. Activities are planned to best meet the children's individual learning styles and needs. The domains we align to are Approaches to Learning through play, creative thinking and expression, cognitive thinking, mathematical thinking and expression, scientific thinking and technology, social studies thinking, health, wellness, and physical development, language and literacy development, partnerships for learning, and social emotional development.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program
is a federal program that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks served to children and adults. Because CACFP participants' nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis, the program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for families.
What kinds of meals are served?
CACFP facilities follow the meal patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
• Breakfast requires a serving of milk, fruit or vegetable and bread or grain product.
• Lunch and dinner consist of milk, bread or grain product, meat or meat alternate, and two different servings of fruits and/or vegetables.
• Snacks include servings from two or the four components: milk, fruits or vegetables, bread or grain product, or meat or meat alternate.
Admissions, the provisions of services, and referrals of clients shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, or sex. Program services shall be made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most practical and economically feasible methods available. These methods include, but are not limited to, equipment redesign, the provision of aides, and the use of alternative service delivery locations. Structural modifications shall be considered only as a last resort among available methods.
To respect each child’s individuality and each families diversity.
To build confident learners through positive guidance and praise.
To encourage children to express their feelings in safe ways and we as teachers to validate their feelings.
To be committed to helping all children reach their full potential socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
To be committed to excellence through education, training, and support through each other and outside resources for our team.