The ELC’s Childhood Curriculum places an emphasis on all aspects of a child’s growth and development.
Evidence shows that one of the most important precursors to a person’s lifetime of success is found in the quality of the environment that a child is in the first five years of their life. The quality of a child’s earliest environments and the availability of appropriate experiences at the right stages of development are crucial determinants of the way each child’s brain architecture develops. Our classrooms focus on each child’s social and emotional development, physical development, language, and emerging literacy and math skills, to provide an environment that best facilitates rich development. Teachers use an assessment tool called Teaching Strategies Gold to track where each child is on their development and build their curriculum to their specific classroom’s developmental needs.
Infant (0-18 months)
Our infant classrooms focus on children’s secure attachment to their caregivers by providing a warm and caring environment for babies to feel secure and safe in. Our teachers are overheard singing and reading to the children through, out the day, helping children to build on their gross and fine motor development, helping them to learn how to use self-regulations tools, and promoting a healthy routine of secure attachment through meeting the children’s needs. The infant classrooms are breastfeeding friendly rooms, and parents are encouraged to come and feed their babies, either breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Toddler (18-36 months)
Our Toddler rooms build on the social and emotional skills of attachment and start working intentionally on a child’s ability to self-regulate, communicate feelings, problem solve, and use friendship skills. Toddlers often do not have the communications skills necessary for talking through frustration, which can often lead to a child biting or hitting a friend. While this is a normal part of a Toddler’s development the teachers work on helping our Toddler be able to self-regulate their emotions instead of reacting to their frustrations. Teachers focus on emerging literacy and math skills, and foster the children learning through the world around them, creating an environment where children can dive into learning based on what they are showing interest in.