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Early Learning Center Program
In 1995 the program applied for national accreditation the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). At the time very few child care programs in Vermont were accredited. In 2008, the program earned accreditation under the revised program standards established by NAEYC.
We use emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio philosophy, which is child directed learning. Emergent curriculum provides the most meaningful experiences to the child, focusing on their interests through explorations in dramatic play, art, music and experimentation of ideas and concepts. Teacher's help children expand on their play choices, encouraging the use of materials in new and different ways. This curriculum approach teaches independence, problem solving, relationship building and creative thinking.
Each day the children have opportunities to participate individually, in small and whole groups as well as center wide activities. We believe that all children learn best when in a supportive community that is sensitive to the child's individual learning and social needs. We accomplish this through daily play experiences, parent involvement, consultation and participation with other developmental, social or medical supports the child has in the community. This collaborative approach supports learning and social development. Children with education plans are welcome and our teachers work with the special education team to accomplish the child's education and therapeutic goals within the daily routines of the day. It is our policy that education plan goals take place within the daily routines rather than isolated pull-out services with a specialist.
We believe that every child is a unique and special person. Children with special needs educated in an integrated environment benefit from the experience, and children who are typically developing learn compassion and tolerance which carries with them through life. We plan our curriculum by learning about each child's abilities and needs through parent communication, observation, developmental screening and ongoing experiences with the child within the context of the classroom and other community providers involved with the child and family. Each classroom environment considers the current group's needs to create experiences that encourage learning through active participation by the children with the adults and available materials, as well as with each other.
Our goals for each child are:
How to Enroll Your Child
Before a child begins placement all required visits and paperwork must be completed and all financial and child care paperwork completed with the Enrollment Coordinator, Ariani Szykier. She can be reached at 802-257-7852, ext. 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Participation and Support
Two times a year we have Parent Conference days. This is an opportunity for a one on one meeting with your child's teacher to talk about his/her daily experiences. Parents are welcome to observe the child in the classroom setting, to accompany the group on field trips or just stop by for lunch or snack. We host several family events throughout the year, which provide opportunities to build relationships with other families.
We require as part of our contract that familes fulfill 10 hours of volunteer time over the course of the year (July -June). Families who choose not to volunteer will be charged $75.00.
Staff Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from September through June. On these days the Center will close at 3:30.
Full Day Placement
Half Day Placement
EL1 and EL2 Tuition
EL3 and EL4 Tuition
The program also accepts financial assistance from the Vermont Child Care Financial Assistance Program and the New Hampshire Child Care Scholarship Program.
If you are enrolling your child for the first time at the Early Learning Center, one month of tuition is due with the application and is applied to the first month of attendance. This is non-refundable.
Age of Children Enrolled
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