The Montrose Child Care Center
is staffed by qualified teachers
and assistants with expertise
in child care and development.

Learning Programs

At MCC, each program helps children master age-appropriate tasks at each stage of individual development. Emotional, social, physical and cognitive activities are integrated into all aspects of the program. These activities reflect the broad range of growth and development among the children.

Throughout the year, the curriculum introduces children to logical thinking, problem solving, information gathering and acquisition of a body of common knowledge. School readiness skills are acquired through exposure to numbers, letters, categories, size, shapes, sequence, identification of objects, cause and effect, seasons, etc. Teachers follow the lead of the children's expressed interests. Exposure to a variety of experiences prepares children for their next school experience.

Enrichment programs are provided for all age groups at the center. They include, but are not limited to: Music & movement, karate, the naturalist, petting zoo, yoga, visits from the children's librarian, class trips, and many more special days throughout the school year. The staff at Montrose Child Care strives to provide a program that is interesting and challenging for the children, while also meeting the developmental needs of each age group.

Play and spontaneous exploration are fundamental to childhood and essential to learning. At Montrose Child Care, children are given the time and opportunity for many different ways to play. Much of what happens in daily life at an early care and education center provides the context for first learning experiences: hellos and good-byes, eating, resting, keeping clean and comfortable, enjoying nature, being with friends, coping with emotional experiences, taking turns, and respecting others.

Programs by age:

Infants and Tots

Our infant program is divided into two classrooms: the Infant Room and the Tot Room.

The Infant Room cares for children six weeks to walking, approximately 1 year old. Infants sleeping and eating patterns are attended to on an individual basis. Age appropriate toys and developmental stimulation are provided in a warm and nurturing environment.

The Tot Room cares for walking aged infants who are developmentally ready for age appropriate activities such as finger games, art and music experiences, gross motor development, feeding independence, development of verbal and social skills, as well as quiet nurturing times.

Toddlers

The Toddler Room cares for children that are two years of age with basic verbal and social skills. They are provided with a classroom environment with areas for art, dramatic play, blocks, manipulative and quiet time. Toilet training is worked on cooperatively with the parents when each child is ready.

Pre-school

The Pre-school aged children are divided into two groups: the Nursery Room for 3-4 year olds, and the Pre-k Room for 4-5 year olds.

The Nursery Room cares for children approximately 3 years of age who are toilet trained. Activities are designed to increase attention span, develop listening skills and encourage positive socialization. Music, art, science, cooking and other experiences will enhance each child's individual growth.

The Pre-k Room cares for children who are preparing to enter kindergarten. They will experience activities designed for cognitive, emotional, physical and social growth. A reading-writing readiness program has also recently been implemented. Learning areas for free play and creative expression are incorporated into the daily routine.The Pre-k Room cares for children who are preparing to enter kindergarten. They will experience activities designed for cognitive, emotional, physical and social growth. A reading-writing readiness program has also recently been implemented. Learning areas for free play and creative expression are incorporated into the daily routine.

Parents can contribute significantly to the pre-school curriculum by sharing their time and talents with the children in the classroom. Ultimately, the goal is for each child to develop self-esteem in preparation for a happy and productive life among peers, colleagues and loved ones.

 

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