• Infant Program

    12 Weeks to 12 Months

  • Strongest Beginnings

    Welcome to the world, new friend! We strive to provide the best beginning for the babies of the families that have chosen childcare. Our infant classrooms foster an environment of safety, comfort, and security. In classrooms filled with nurturing teachers, sensory discoveries, and new friends, we help babies thrive through age-appropriate and individualized interactions.

    We partner with you to develop an approach that is consistent with your family’s routine to ease the transition from home to school. During waking hours, infants are offered both individual and group lessons to stimulate brain development and build core skills essential to self-discovery and empathy.

    The Infant program is designed to promote development and learning through play and age appropriate activities. Activities focus on developing social interaction skills, cooperation with others, recognition of self and others, and language development. When your infant is in our care, we are committed to providing a nurturing and caring environment that meets your needs and the needs of your child. As your infant grows and changes – which happens on a daily basis at this stage – we make changes, too, so development and learning unfolds naturally.

    Our program is designed to provide a warm, welcoming environment where your baby can thrive and grow from a bundle of joy to a bundle of curiosity. With our emphasis on creating a loving, healthy, and safe place for your child to feel secure, your baby’s primary caregiver is a nurturing child development professional who is responsible for your baby’s prime times: those critical one-to-one moments of caring, play, and communication.

    We encourage infants to learn about their world through our individualized curriculum that invites exploration, celebrates each important milestone, and supports the transition from the sensory motor world of infancy to the increasingly social and self-directed world of toddlers.
     
    We make every effort to meet both parents’ and children’s individual needs regarding naps, schedules and feeding.  Because the needs of infants are so great and because their development is so rapid during this very early childhood, it is vitally important for parents to inform us about any changes in routine or anything that might affect their child.
     
    We understand the difficult decision to leave your child in the care of others and want to make this an easier choice.  We see ourselves as a family center … one that welcomes the whole family.
    Naptime

    Children in our infant program sleep in cribs that meet the standard for the Dept. of Consumer Protection. We put babies to sleep on their backs under 12 months of age, and use only a blanket in the crib, tucked from the infant’s chest to the base of the mattress.  The baby’s head remains uncovered.  No other items can be used in the crib except for a pacifier.  The staff supervises children resting and/or napping by sound and sight at all times.  We will try to follow the routine you have established for you child.

    Breastfeeding

    If you would like to breast feed, please acclimate your infant to bottle feeding prior to enrollment.  If you’d like to come and breast feed your child, we welcome you, just let us know what you need an we will do our best.  We are able to store breast milk that is brought in frozen as long as it’s labeled and dated, for up to 3 months.  Any bottles of breast milk brought in must be labeled and dated and will be discarded after 48 hours.  Any items not dated must be taken home at the end of the day.

    Food

    You are required by State regulations to supply all food and drink for your infant, including morning snack(s), lunch, and afternoon snack(s).  All food needs to be packed in containers that are clearly labeled and have cold paks or a thermos. (NO GLASS PLEASE)  If your infant is on formula, please send in canisters of powder which will be prepared by staff and then heated in a bottle warmer.  Portions not consumed after an hour will be discarded.  Staff will give bottles by holding infants, and bottles will not be propped for feeding.  We cannot give children under 6 months fruit juice or more than 4 oz. without a doctor’s order. State law also does not allow children to walk around with a bottle or a sippy cup.  Please offer new foods to your infant several times at home to avoid any food related sensitivity.

    Outdoor Time

    The Infant children and staff go for daily walks or outdoor play as long as the temperature and weather permits.  Please send in appropriate outdoor gear for them each day.

    Clothing

    Please provide at least two complete changes of clothing.  Disposable diapers and an economy size pack of wipes are to be provided by you each month. 

    • Have never seen a more caring, dedicated and attentive staff!

      Infant/Toddler Parent

    A Typical Day

    • Free play, sensory activity
      7:30 - 8:30
    • Morning Snack/Bottle
      8:30 - 9:00
    • Morning Nap
      9:30 - 10:30
    • Stories, structured play
      10:30 - 11:30
    • Lunch/Bottle
      11:30 - 12:30
    • Afternoon Nap
      1:00 - 2:30
    • Afternoon Snack/Bottle
      3:00 - 3:30
    • Free play
      3:30 - 5:30

    Our Infant Teacher Team

    • Sarah Perez
      Infant
    • Stephanie Sheehey
      Infant