Our learning centers are where the execution of our passion takes place. At these centers you'll see our values put into motion in real time. All six centers are different in physical appearance, but offer the exact same type of Creative Curriculum and strive to achieve the same goal of strengthening our children and families both mentally and emotionally.
What makes Child Care of Southwest Florida unique?
- Our child care centers are accredited through NAC (National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs). NAC is a nationally recognized child care program accreditation system which acknowledges early childhood programs that meet high standards in the care and education of young children. Our centers have a lower staff-to-student ratio, which equates to children spending more quality time with him or her.
- We have highly trained staff members that have educational backgrounds comprised of Child Development Associates Credentials, Associates and Bachelors Degrees in Early Childhood Education, and other related fields. Every center director and other high-level staff have earned the Florida Directors Credential. First Aid and CPR certifications are required for all staff members. Additionally, new staff members receive 45 hours of beginner training that includes recognizing child abuse, standards precautions, and child development. Teachers must attend at least 20 hours per year of in-service training in early childhood/child development related to the age group of children they work with. Directors participate in a minimum of 30 hours per year of training in early childhood/development and topics related to program management, leadership, and supervision. Through continued training, our staff is always evolving and constantly improving the classroom and environment of each center.
- Our centers follow a Creative Curriculum that has been nationally recognized through research as a successful learning path. A creative curriculum allows teachers to individualize learning based on each child's specific needs at every age. This type of learning emphasizes a child-centered approach to instruction through child exploration and discovery of developmentally appropriate objectives. This engagement will prepare them for school readiness using classroom activities and their environment. Teachers guide children through in-depth studies and meaningful work based on the each child's interests and needs, making learning relevant to all children. We believe that at the heart of children's learning is active play and because each child is a born learner they will build a strong foundation for all future learning. To do this they will need time, opportunity, appropriate materials, choice, and support from well-trained adults. Children learn by first-hand observation, hands-on experiences, intentional teaching, and personal reflection.
- We provide nutritious meals as a part of a successful curriculum. All center children receive nutritious meals, including: breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack through our USDA Food Program(link to this page).
- Some of our centers offer Voluntary PreKindergarten Programs (VPK) and/or the Head Start Programs.
- We offer a play-based environment. Through research, conclusive evidence has shown that children learn best while they're at play. For example, we help our students learn without sitting them at a desk and testing them, instead we promote learning through preschool activities, classroom experiments, and crafts. These strategies tie neatly into the Creative Curriculum.
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