Program and Environment
The infant program meets the needs for physical comfort, emotional security, beginning socialization and language development for the infant from age six weeks to 2 years. Feeding, diapering (pictured) and sleeping compose much of the infant's day. The infant's sense of emotional security is enhanced by the nurturing, loving adults who care for the child. The caregivers encourage the appropriate physical skills for the child's age. The beginning of socialization occurs in the infant room, when the child notices the other children. Language development is enriched by teachers who speak frequently to the child and read to him/her each day.
An environment of bright colors and appropriate toys provides optimum stimulation for the infant's growth. Floor gyms, mirrors, and soft toys surround the youngest children. As the child matures, the learning materials grow more complex. The child who is able to sit and crawl is introduced to balls, stacking and sorting toys, as well as blocks. The young walker is encouraged with push toys, table toys, and simple art materials. Music is an important element of the curriculum for every infant, youngest to oldest.