Ashley Falls Early Child Development Center
(6 weeks- PreK)
Classrooms by Age
- Infant classroom: 0-18 months
- Toddler classroom: 18 months-27 months
- Preschool 1 classroom: 27 months-3 years old
- Preschool 2 classroom: 3 years old by September 1st and fully potty-trained
- Prekindergarten classroom: 4 years old by September 1st and fully potty-trained
Children will be placed in classrooms by age and developmental level to foster the greatest opportunity for success as determined by the early childhood staff and ECDC policy. Children participate with their peers in developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor activities; including, but not limited to, social-emotional development, oral language and vocabulary, emergent reading, emergent writing, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, physical development and technology. Children will enjoy a minimum of 30 minutes of outdoor explorations and 1 hour of self-select indoor exploration for every 3 hours of programming as defined by the Early Childhood Envionmental Rating Scale. Quality care and the safety of all children and staff are our upmost priority. Our program incorporates the following curriculums into our daily work: Scholastic's Big Day for Pre-K Curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, and Frog Street Press.
Child designated areas to eat snacks and lunch, diaper changes, potty training, and napping will be provided.Diapering, Toilet Training and Secure-Use
Diapering - Parents are required to provide diapers, pull-ups, wipes and any necessary ointments. All items must be labeled and will be kept in a bin specifically identified for your child. Diapering happens on a regular, consistent basis throughout the day. Parents will receive a report of the frequency and type of diaper change your child received at pick-up. Please supply only a week's worth of diapers. We do not have stroage space for more.
Toilet Training – Toilet training occurs in the Preschool 1 classroom, although it may begin sooner if the child is showing interest. Children may still be in diapers at the start of toilet training. As self-confidence grows, staff may suggest to parents to transition to pull-up style diapers and/or underwear. Children are potty trained by their teachers in a group setting, and positive reinforcement is used. Reinforcement at home is both encouraged and appreciated to help the child build consistency with routine. Parents will receive a report of the frequency and type of toileting that occurred at pick-up. Training is much more successful when there is home/school alignment. Please make sure to communicate with your teachers during this process.
Secure Use – Children entering the Preschool 2 and Pre-K classes should be secure toilet users. Children may still require assistance with clothing and wiping, but should be confident in their ability to use the facilities on a regular and consistent basis. Children should be comfortable in underwear on a regular basis. Staff recognize toileting accidents may still occur and request a full change of clothes be provided from home for these cases.
Feedings, Snack and Lunch
All children attending the Child Development Center are required to bring their own lunch and snacks. Preschool children should have at least two snacks (AM/PM as needed,) a lunch, and at least one drink. The ECDC urges parents to pack healthy "rainbow" food options filled with fresh fruit and veggies to expose children to solid eating habits. We discourage fruit juice and opt for water. Children will be provided filtered water in their personal bottle/sippy cup as needed. Food will not be heated for safety reasons and should be ready to eat.
In the infant classrooms, sippy cups or bottles containing milk, formula, or breast milk will be refrigerated. All bottles for infants must be pre-made and labeled with name & date. Bottle warmers will be used for infant feedings.
AM, Morning Snack occurs between 8:30-9:15am (depending on the site schedule), lunch occurs between 11:00am-12:00pm (depending on the site schedule), and PM, afternoon snack around 3pm.Efforts are made to avoid food allergies. *The entire ECDC Preschool, regardless of location, is a peanut-free facility.Rest Period/Nap
During rest time, children sleep on cots or cribs provided by the center. Parents provide a blanket and fitted crib sheet for the child. All bedding will be sent home at the end of the child’s scheduled week to be laundered and must return the following week. A comfort item (“lovey,” stuffed animal, special blanket) may be used during rest time. Parents may also provide pacifiers as part of the child’s routine in the infant and toddler room. Staff will not wake sleeping children except in cases of emergency or early pick up.
Infants– Infants will sleep in a designated crib. Infants may be rocked or snuggled to sleep. Music and white noise machines will be used during naps. If children are showing signs of fatigue, staff will support the child
to sleep even if it is not consistent with the child’s normal routine. Nap frequency and duration information will be provided at pick-up. When developmentally or physically appropriate, children will move from a crib to a cot.
Toddlers and Preschool Classrooms- Children will lie down on a cot for a rest/nap time. Children are not required to sleep but will lie quietly to let their bodies rest for a minimum of 30 minutes. Children will be provided an alternative quiet activity once awake.