Nurturing and caring relationships form the foundation for positive mental health. Our program provides a supportive environment and intentional support by trained caring staff. We work together with parents and teachers to identify and provide services for any problems that may interfere with a child’s social or emotional growth. Each day our teachers use the Second Step early learning program, which teaches children the skills to help them learn how to manage their feelings, make friends, and solve problems.
Nutritious food is the foundation for growth and development of a healthy body. Learning about healthy foods and exploring tastes, textures, and smells is part of our program experience. Children and teachers enjoy breakfast and lunch together served family style. Family style dinning provides the opportunity for children to learn and practice many social skills such as taking turns and saying please and thank you. We work with USDA and CCFP (Child Care Food Program) to ensure children receive two-thirds of their daily nutritional needs.
Effective oral health practices vary depending on the developmental skills of each child. When children have a healthy mouth, they can speak more clearly, eat healthy foods, and feel good about themselves. Children practice oral hygiene every day while brushing their teeth in the classroom after eating. We work with each family to establish an ongoing source of preventive and primary oral health care with diagnostic testing, examination, and treatment. We also provide assistance in making dental appointments, transportation and translation services, if needed.
Children must be healthy to learn. Our program works with children and families to understand how to achieve and maintain optimum physical health. This includes linking families with a medical home and ensuring all enrollees receive developmental, sensory (vision and hearing), and behavioral screening and well-child physical examinations based on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) schedule. If concerns are found, families are supported by our staff in obtaining further evaluations, treatment, and any follow-up recommended by the medical professional.