Infant and Toddler Programs
We are committed to providing your infant and toddler with a loving, nurturing environment that supports them physically, educationally and emotionally. Our teachers are committed to working with you as your infant and toddler embarks on the first steps of learning and exploring the world!
Infants are more apt to learn in a warm and nurturing environment. At the core of our child care learning environment is relationship building and establishing connections based on trust. Strong supportive relationships provide infants with the context for developing interpersonal skills and operating successfully in the world.
In addition to our Early Childhood Education Center hours (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.), SJA is now providing Second Shift Childcare (2 – 11p.m.) for children, ages 2-13. One meal and snacks are included. If you are interested in learning more, contact Karrie Krueger, ECEC Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 414-645-5337 ext. 245.
CORE PROGRAM COMPONENTS
At this age, children are starting to interact with others and increasing their awareness of themselves and their emotions. At SJA, we develop social skills activities to help your child understand relationships with others, including classmates, family, friends and community members. Our teachers will also help your child learn to share and respect others. Your child will learn to take turns stacking blocks, assisting teachers and other children with clean up and playing.
We will work with your infant as they begin learning to coordinate and control large and small muscle movements. As the child transitions from infant to toddler, our teachers will continue to help the child develop the large muscle groups, like in the legs and arms. They will begin to climb stairs, safely, in our age-appropriate indoor and outdoor playgrounds.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Fine motor skills are developed in the small muscle groups like those in our fingers and hands. At SJA, toddlers are encouraged to do things by themselves like washing their hands and using a fork and spoon to feed themselves. Toddlers have many opportunities to practice their skills throughout the day. Our teachers encourage them to work at their own speed so they feel successful in the skills they are developing.
Children are beginning to understand their world, while thinking critically and creatively. Infants develop the ability to pay attention and to engage and interact with others. Toddlers are learning new vocabulary, perfecting how they move through their environment and making connections with others. At SJA, our teachers give your child new experiences to build their imagination as we foster their cognitive development.
LITERACY AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Our teachers will guide your child in developing communication skills by effectively using sounds, expressions, body language and finally oral and written language. Toddlers will begin using words more to express their needs and to identify familiar people and objects. SJA teachers work to improve your child’s vocabulary. For example, when your child points to something, the teacher will name the item and ask your child to repeat it.
ADDITIONAL INFANT INFORMATION
In the infant program, each child is on an individual schedule and routines are established in partnership with the parents.
Infant supplies – diapers and wipes, change of clothes (according to the season), bottle, diaper ointments & powders (if needed) nuk or pacifier, formula or breast milk.
ADDITIONAL TODDLER INFORMATION
In the toddler program, children begin to assert their autonomy. We incorporate more defined learning centers to encourage exploration. We continue to work on developmental milestones. There is a special focus on teaching communication skills, introducing self-help skills and appropriate social skills as children begin transitioning into a group schedule. The children eat and sleep at the same time and are encouraged to participate in large and small group activities.
Toddler supplies – diapers and wipes, change of clothes (according to the season), and a lightweight blanket.