Infant Program: Alphabet Academy designed the infant program for children approximately 6 weeks to 12 months of age. Infants are cared for in a calm and comforting environment. A variety of developmental opportunities include colorful surroundings and toys, recorded music, and story time with songs and conversation provided by the child’s caregivers. Teachers in the infant program are expected to be on the floor interacting with children and a child’s time spent in restrictive devices, such as a bouncy chair or exersaucer, is limited. Teachers find creative and engaging ways for children to learn about their environment through experience. Some of the engagement opportunities include finger paint, exploration in the room, finger plays, and action songs. When the weather is appropriate, teachers take the class outside to experience and explore the outdoors. Our infant room is designed to accommodate up to 12 infants and 3 teachers.
Toddler Program: The toddler program cares for children approximately 12 months to 24 months of age. When an infant reaches a high level of mobility, they will move from the infant program into the toddler program. The toddler program at Alphabet Academy is a two-part transition. The first toddler area provides an environment designed to assist the child in their transition from the infant environment to the toddler environment. Children are assisted in transitioning from cribs to cots, from high chairs to group meals at a table, and to standing and walking without assistance. Once again, teachers are expected to interact with children on the floor and a toddler will spend their day exploring and experiencing their environment through creative ways. This first transition area is designed to accommodate up to 11 children and 3 teachers.
The second toddler area provides an environment designed to assist children in their quest for independence and to develop their sense of awareness of their surroundings. Children typically transition to this area after they are able to sleep on a cot and walk with confidence. They have opportunities to gain awareness of colors, textures, sounds, their feelings and the feelings of others.
2-year old Program: The 2-year old program serves children who are approximately 2 years through 3 years old. The program educators guide the children individually in developmentally appropriate activities. They provide a safe and protective environment so that children can explore and develop new skills and abilities. Children learn practical skills that help them begin to care for themselves and develop more independence. Children are encouraged and guided in such activities as toilet training, dressing, hand washing, eating family-style, and brushing their teeth after meals. Participation in art, music, finger painting, sand play, water play, exercise, and imaginative play are included in the program to assist children in improving fine and gross motor skills, vocabulary, and speaking skills.
Preschool Program: The preschool program is for children approximately 3 to 5 years old. The preschool program includes an enrichment program each day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The curriculum for the enrichment program provides individualized activities and organized group activities. The program expands experiences through centers that develop early stages of writing, science, arithmetic, measurement, and reading skills. Other activities encourage self expression and creativity through music, art, dance, organized group games, singing, rhythm band, food preparation, and story telling. Learning to share, to help, and to respect others are emphasized. Additional self help skills, such as tying shoes, buttoning, and zipping, are introduced and encouraged.
Enrichment Program: The enrichment program is a part-day program for children 3 to 5 years of age. Alphabet Academy designed the part-day program to provide educational and developmental opportunities to children whose parents do not need or desire full-time child care. Children in the enrichment program participate in group learning activities with the children who are enrolled for the full-time program. This inclusion provides interaction with other children in organized group activities as well as experiences with individualized educator guided learning activities.
Enrichment classes are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. There are spaces currently available for each session for children in the enrichment program. The enrichment program runs year round.