Three-year-old children are busy, energetic, and independent children who want to “try it all.” Our program offers a wide variety of experiences that include many opportunities for physical growth as well as academic enrichment in a safe and secure environment.
Safety and Security
We work tirelessly to ensure that your child is safe while in our care. Our front door requires a code in order to enter, so we know that anyone entering our building is authorized. We strive to meet and exceed state sanitation standards by cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the classroom throughout the day, including the toys that the three-year-olds play with, the cots that they sleep on, and all other areas of the classroom.
All of our teachers are certified in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid. They have also undergone state-mandated background checks .
Curriculum and Milestones
Our Three-Year-Old classroom utilizes the Creative Curriculum, 5th ed., which teaches children academic and social skills using a project-based approach. Each project offers the class an opportunity to explore an interesting topic in-depth for a period of about one month, while also using play-based activities to teach children.
The curriculum is aligned with Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessments, which is one of the most inclusive, extensive developmental assessment systems available. It focuses on development in key areas:
- Social and Emotional Development – Children develop an understanding of their own emotions and the emotions of the people around them, including caregivers and other children. Children also learn how to engage in positive interactions with those around them using conflict resolution skills.
- Physical Development – Children practice control and coordination through activities that focus on running, climbing, throwing, and kicking. They also develop fine motor skills through creative activities such as play dough, painting, and using scissors, and beginning writing.
- Language – Children gain an increase in vocabulary from project-based discussions during large group activities.
- Cognitive – Children learn problem solving, flexibility in thinking, and classification skills during playful small group activities.
- Literacy – Children participate during project-based story times and become authors and illustrators by creating books based on the knowledge they have gained from their project explorations.
- Math – Children begin to understand the concepts of numbers and counting, as well as working to identify shapes, make comparisons between objects, and copy simple patterns.
We recognize that some children may take longer to toilet train than others. That is why our three-year-old classroom works with parents, and in partnership with the two-year-old classroom, to ensure a smooth and consistent transition with a continuation of strategies already in place to ensure toilet training success.
We communicate with you in a variety of ways about your child’s day. Our staff will communicate with you during drop-off and pick-up times to let you know how your child’s day went, as well as to find out how their morning went and any significant information you have for them. We also communicate information through our daily forms, which tell you how your child ate and slept during the day, as well as toileting successes.
Your child will have ample opportunities to play on an outdoor playground designed specifically for their development, with materials for climbing, running, jumping, and throwing. We schedule outdoor time twice a day when the weather permits.
Our Three-Year-Old classroom participates in KinderSpanish, a program that comes once a week and teaches children Spanish and sign language through the use of songs, finger plays, and games. Click here for more information about their program.
Soccer Shots is an add-on program that teaches basic soccer skills and character development through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Once you sign up for their program, your child will participate in a thirty minute Soccer Shots experience once a week. Click here to visit their website for more information about their program.