Curriculum & Staff

OUR QUALITY

We are proud participants in the Virginia Quality rating and improvement system for early childhood programs. By choosing a child care center that is part of this system, you get peace of mind.  Virginia Quality participants have demonstrated a commitment to continuously improving their programs and staff, including continuing education, mentoring, materials and lessons.

OUR STAFF

Our staff have a commitment to continuous professional development in early childhood education. Many of them are attending school to work on degrees, and ALL staff are certified in CPR & First Aid.

Before working with children, our staff are also required to complete the  Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff. This 10-hour course

covers the following topics:

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease

  • Food and Allergic Reactions

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma

  • Safe Sleep and SUIDS Prevention

  • Safe Spaces

  • Transportation Safety

  • Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

  • Medication Safety

  • Inclusion of All Children

  • Healthy Teeth for Children

  • Recognition and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Foundations of Child Development and Approaches to Learning

  • Introduction to Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program and Benefits of Program Licensure

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Our teachers taking part in training

CURRICULUM

The curriculum program we use is called STREAMin3. This is an innovative, engaging, and interactions-based curriculum model for children ages birth through preschool. Its structure includes:

6 STREAM SKILLS:

Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math

5 CORE SKILLS:

  • Relate with peer and adults

  • Regulate their emotions, attention and behavior

  • Think deeply about the world around them

  • Communicate with others productively

  • Move their bodies to achieve goals

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DISCIPLINE
  1. We use redirection—try to find out what is going on with your child and if there is anything we can do to calm the situation.

  2. We use “THINKING TIME” to see if this will calm the behaviors

  3. In the event a child is harming others or themselves, we will call the parent for an intervention.