Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.                                                                                                                                                           Proverbs 22:6

 

Infant, Walker & Toddler

 

The Infant and Toddler Program is for children 6 weeks to 2 years.

 

We understand that each child requires a warm, nurturing caregiver who truly loves children and appreciates each child’s individuality.

            

The first year of life is when children need to acquire what psychologist Erik Erikson called “basic trust”—a feeling of safety and security that the world and oneself are right. Basic trust comes from responsive, predictable care from those that we love and to whom we are deeply attached. At Carver, we believe that consistency of warm, responsive individualized care teaches the child that the world is a predictable, safe, and loving place. Giving children choices, the freedom to move, the chance to try new things, and the power to get us to respond to their physical and emotional needs tells them that they are people to be respected and loved.

 

Our infants and toddlers have programs especially tailored to their individual needs. With loving care, our trained, experienced staff will provide activities that are appropriately stimulating for sensory development in infants. This includes crawling, being carried, stroller rides, outdoor play, climbing, and rocking. 

 

For walkers and toddlers, we provide a program that will help promote verbalization, creativity, social skills, and above all, independence and self-esteem.   We encourage our toddlers to learn new ways to meet and master new challenges. Our daily schedule includes music and movement, numbers and counting, constructive block play, appreciating books and stories, play with manipulatives, art, sand, water, and other “messy” sensory explorations.

 

Potty Training:

Potty training works best when parents, teachers, and children work at it together.

 

Positive reinforcement from parents and teachers helps the children learn. Please let your child’s teacher know if you and your child are working on potty training. We ask that parents use pull-ups only when children are almost completely potty trained. Due to sanitary reasons, cloth underwear may not be worn until children are completely potty trained.

 

Preschool

 

The preschool program is for children between the ages of 3 and 5.
 

Preschool is a key time in a child’s development, and it provides the foundation for his continuing school experience. We strive to provide meaningful activities that are developmentally appropriate.

 

Our program is designed to give each child the very best possible foundation for learning. The primary goal that determines the content of the program is readiness: the child’s physical, social, intellectual, and emotional ability. In each area, we will challenge and stimulate the child to his fullest potential.

 

Physical Readiness:

  • Games, songs, stories to develop auditory and visual perception.

  • Active play indoors and out using large muscles.

  • Carefully chosen education materials to help develop small muscle coordination.

Intellectual Readiness:

  • Opportunities for involvement with written words and language in a language-rich environment.

  • Tasks that require and expand each child’s reasoning and thinking skills.

  • Activities and lessons planned to incorporate math, science, and social studies as part of the child’s functional world.

  • Developing an appreciation for music and art.

Emotional Readiness:

  • Help the child develop a self-image and confidence in their given abilities.

  • Ongoing opportunities and experiences in which each child can meet with success.

  • Emphasis on socially acceptable ways of handling problems and working in a group setting.

Social Readiness:

  • Experience participating and contributing as part of a group.

  • Emphasis on good citizenship, respect, and responsibility.

 

THE PRESCHOOL DAY

The preschool day is designed to incorporate activities in Bible, language arts, numbers, music, art, science, social studies, reading readiness, health, and physical education. It is a meaningful, busy, and enjoyable time.