EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Contact: Jessica Carrier, Director of Children’s Programs
We have built our Early Childhood Program on a solid foundation of best practices. We adhere to all Early Head Start and Head Start Performance Standards and have been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Only 8% of all early childhood programs receive NAEYC accreditation.
Our highly-qualified classroom teachers use a research-based curriculum that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines. The curriculum integrates Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline—a brain- and research-based social/emotional intelligence program that teaches self-regulation through positive and nurturing relationships with caregivers, adults and children.
Homelessness affects children’s physical well-being in fundamental ways, leaving them hungry, tired and susceptible to illness. We offer a USDA-sponsored food service program that provides a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack for each child, each day. We also have daily nap times, which are crucial for children who often don’t get quality sleep at night.
Children experiencing homelessness are four times more likely than their peers to show delayed development, and one in six homeless children has emotional disturbances. In order to address these issues, we perform developmental screenings on all of the children we serve. For those who are assessed with delays, we provide onsite speech, occupational and/or physical therapy.
Effective early childhood programming engages children in a variety of ways. With this in mind, we offer enrichment programs such as art, music and physical development. Our children also benefit from our Nature Explore-certified outdoor classroom and our therapeutic gardens. Regular time in nature improves social and motor skills, supports creativity, reduces stress and teaches empathy—all of which can be challenging for children experiencing trauma.
Access to our early childhood programming prevents consequences of early trauma, improves developmental outcomes and ensures success in school.