Care-A-Lot Early Learning Centers have been family owned and operated since 1986. Furthermore, this daycare center has very little teacher turnover; in fact, a few of their teachers have been with Care-a-lot for more than 30 years. On average, the teachers have 17 years of experience. They use a detailed selection process to ensure every teacher can meet their high standards. Finally, the teachers are certified in CPR, first aid, food handling and sanitation.
The goals of Care-A-Lot Early Learning Centers include developing socialization skills, forming a firm emotional base, and learning, all in a secure, stress-free, child-centered environment. Caregivers are always there, in a non-restrictive way, to promote cooperation and harmony in the classrooms. Games and group activities bring the children together to foster these essential socialization skills.
Learning experiences are offered to satisfy a child’s individual abilities. When a child experiences success, they develop a strong and healthy self-image. The environment is designed in a way to encourage exploration, allowing the children to develop their problem-solving skills and increase their knowledge. Developing a healthy social attitude is also an important goal.
While Care-a-lot Early Learning Centers places a heavy emphasis on education, they also regard play as a learning experience. Early Childhood Research has proven that play is a vital element of a child’s development. As often as possible, the teachers incorporate play into any learning experience they can.
The Care-A-Lot toddler program is for children 15 to 24 months old. All of the activities are age-appropriate and designed to enrich a child’s capacity to learn. The toddler rooms are clean, safe, cheerful, and stress-free. It’s a learning setting full of skill-developing activities and toys, all within easy reach.
The Preschool program is for the two and three-year-olds who are potty-trained. This program emphasizes developing small motor skills with art projects; coloring, gluing, cutting with scissors, building blocks and puzzles are all useful. Preschoolers also practice their socialization and verbal skills through music, games, story-time, and small group talks. There are also exercise opportunities for developing large motor muscles.
The Pre-Kindergarten program is for four and five-year-olds who missed the deadline for Kindergarten. The children begin a reading program. The art projects will also be more complex than for preschoolers. Rules and structured environments are also introduced. One of the focuses of the program is to increase the child’s attention span so that they will spend more time and effort on each project.
The Before and After School Program is for kids six through twelve years old. The kids can use their time to rest, play, do arts and crafts, play music, or get homework help.
The Care-a-lot Summer Day Camp program is for kids 6-12 years old. The children must be graduates of Kindergarten. Summer Day Camp is a favorite of past Care-a-lot students who come back, year after year, to visit old friends.
All of the meals are prepared by Food2You, a catering service specializing in healthy, delicious, organic meals for daycare centers. The food served by Care-a-lot includes breakfast, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack.