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The Infant Toddler Program

The Blue Jays Classroom (6 weeks – 17 months)

The 8 children ages 6 weeks to 17 months in the Blue Jay’s classroom are under the daily care of two highly qualified teachers and one floater using the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos. The Creative Curriculum for Infants, toddlers and twos is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the School Readiness Goals for Infants and Toddlers in Head Start and early learning standards for each state. Creative Curriculum helps teachers and caregivers implement developmentally appropriate practices and offer responsive daily routines and meaningful experiences that nurture learning and development. Creative Curriculum offers daily opportunities for teachers and caregivers to use assessment information to individualize routines and experiences for young children. Creative Curriculum provides built-in guidance for building the kind of meaningful partnerships with families that are an essential factor in how infants, toddlers and twos experience your program and how much they gain from it. Creative Curriculum offers complete support in classrooms where children are learning two languages. In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Cognitive or brain development means they are learning the process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds, or saying “ma-ma” or “da-da”. Listening, understanding, and knowing the names of people and things are all a part of language development. During this stage, babies also are developing bonds of love and trust with their parents and others as part of social and emotional development.

As toddlers the children will be taking first steps, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye" and moving around more, and are aware of themselves and their surroundings. Their desire to explore new objects and people also is increasing. During this stage, toddlers will show greater independence; begin to show defiant behavior; recognize themselves in pictures or a mirror; and imitate the behavior of others, especially adults and older children. Toddlers also should be able to recognize the names of familiar people and objects, form simple phrases and sentences, and follow simple instructions and directions.

20thAnniversaryfive star

Lakewood Preschool has been awarded the highest ranking
by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE).