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History

It's A Small World After All Child Care Inc. was established in April of 2007 wth our emphasis on the emotional, social, cognitive and early reading skills for early childhood development for children ages 6 weeks through 6 years of age.

We offer Universal Pre-K, Childcare, After School and Summer Programs

We accept Private pay, HRA  and ACD Voucher families.

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR OUR CHILDREN!

Curriculum


We serve children ages 6 weeks through 6 years of age and accept HRA and ACD Vouchers.

The Premier Infant Curriculum                

It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc. uses today's premier curriculum for infants, Partners In Parenting Education (P.I.P.E.). P.I.P.E. is designed to foster positive relationships and aid in infant development and growth during the important first year of life.

The P.I.P.E. Curriculum is based on the theory that play and meaningful interaction positively impact infant development, and emphasizes the importance of caregivers forging positive bonds with the infants in their care.

Infant Curriculum Units

The infant curriculum is separated into three comprehensive units.

Listen, Listen, Listen covers the developmental areas of socio-emotional communication, regulation of routines and daily care, as well as touches on the importance of treating each infant as an individual.

Love Is Layers of Sharing is all about the extreme importance of bonding and attachment and relationship-building with both the teacher and baby.

Playing Is Learning covers the key concept of play as an educational tool and the need for a stable and emotionally caring environment that enhances overall growth and development. Each unit has hundreds of suggested activities that teachers tailor to the particular children and age ranges. The units are designed around topics of development that our infant teachers introduce at appropriate times, based on the developmental needs of the infants in their classrooms.

For example, one topic of infant development focuses on different cognitive areas. To encourage memory development, an infant teacher might use your infant's favorite toy to play a simple game of Hide and Seek - your infant sees that the teacher hides the toy under a blanket, and then tries to point or grab it. Another topic of infant development focuses on the senses. To build auditory skills, the infant teacher will make use of three different-sounding toys, out of the infant's sight, to help her practice finding the sounds.

Special Care, Amazing Growth

What Your Infant's Day Is Like

What will your baby do all day? First and foremost, rest assured that your infant's feeding, diapering and sleeping needs are met, according to his/her routine. It's during these moments that your baby will develop a special relationship with his/her infant teacher. Our infant teachers stimulate and challenge your baby whenever he/she is awake by singing, talking, holding and playing with him/her. The kinds of activities the teacher engages in with your child are carefully chosen each week to help him/her reach developmental milestones that are age-appropriate for birth to three months, three to six months, six to nine months and nine to twelve months.

Infant Developmental Milestones

Every child is an individual and will follow his/her own unique path toward developing.

However, infant teachers create daily plans to make sure your baby engages in all of the activities necessary for him/her to reach the milestones. Our infant curriculum offers suggested activities for the teacher to choose from based on the progress your baby has made toward various milestones. For example, if your infant is close to sitting up him/herself, the teacher might plan some of the motor activities that stimulate neck and back muscle development.

The Toddler Curriculum

How do we know that your child is ready for certain challenges? Our toddler teachers are trained to recognize key signs in your toddler's behavior. For example, his/her teacher might notice him/her exhibiting the building blocks toward learning to walk, or see that she is responding to an increased set of vocabulary. Our Toddler Program allows us to cue in on these type of keys to continually:improve gross and fine motor skills develop receptive and expressive language help her/him understand relationships with herself, her peers and her loved ones nourish her curiosity and enjoyment of activities and objects

It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc. has invested in a wealth of resources so our toddler teachers can have plenty of guidance when they create their daily toddler lesson plans. Teachers can turn to Active Learning for One's, for hundreds of sample activities organized by learning domain and month of age. Another excellent resource is Your Child at Play, One to Two Years, which offers ideas on different play scenarios that will stimulate toddler development within the classroom's learning environment.

Ultimately, experience itself is a great resource. It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc.’s toddler teachers have worked with many toddlers - so they have a wealth of experience in seeing what is appealing, exciting and educational for your toddler.

Play Leads to Learning

Experience has shown us that your child will jump right into the toddler classroom life because he/she will spend a lot of time doing what all children love - playing. Play provides immeasurable learning opportunities. And the structured play of our toddler curriculum gives toddler teachers many ways to infuse skill building among all different developmental domains: physical, language, socio-emotional and cognitive. Even though at this young age toddlers do not truly play with their peers - they'll play next to other children, but not with them - our teachers lay a foundation for your toddler to eventually learn to play interactively with others.

By constantly listening, talking, describing objects and actions, and expanding your toddler's ever-growing vocabulary, your child's teachers will expose him/her to critical language-building skills. They will also help your child develop self-control while recognizing a healthy expression of growing self-identity. Most importantly, toddler teachers will interact with toddlers in a warm, enthusiastic, supportive, respectful manner.

Learning through Fun and Activity

What Your Toddler's Day Is Like

The Toddler Program begins to incorporate some structure into the day, as we focus on helping your toddler transition into the next phase of education and care.

Morning

Your toddler will begin the day with a group activity, such as singing a group song or exploring a book with the class. After the teacher tends to the routine needs of your toddler, the class engages in child-directed activities within different interests. The teacher will also facilitate a teacher-directed activity such as music or art. There will likely be two to three toddler teachers in your child's classroom, which allows us to split up the class and rotate them through the teacher-directed activity so that your child gets more individualized attention.

Before lunch and nap, the class gets together for story time.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, your toddler will engage in manipulative activities to develop fine and gross motor skills. Then it's outside for some more playtime. After returning, the toddler teacher facilitates another teacher-directed activity with some children, while the rest of the classroom is engaged in interest centers.

Your toddler's day ends with a closing story and group time. All in all, it's enough activity and learning to make you tired!

Toddler Lesson Plans, Daily Interactions and Toddler Developmental Milestones

Every toddler is an individual and will follow a unique path to achieving developmental milestones - it is important to remember this as you read through this section. Some will develop in certain skill areas faster or slower than others.

The Toddler Developmental Milestones are simply a resource for teachers and parents. Toddler teachers create daily lesson plans to ensure that they expose your child to the full breadth of activities necessary to reach various milestones.

The toddler’s days are created using the suggested activities in our curriculum and are tailored to your toddler's progress. So, for example, if she/he is learning to point to one major body part, the teacher might decide to plan some of the language and cognitive activities that will teach her about the different words to describe her/his body and how to communicate that he/she understands those words.

The Early Preschool Curriculum

Each day, your early preschooler will engage in various hands-on activities. He/she will explore, inquire and discover solutions working by him/herself, with a friend or in small groups.

The EPS curriculum features 26 two-week units, each with its own theme. Throughout each unit, our goal is to make the theme come alive for your child, so that he/she is always completely engaged in his/her day. These themes have been carefully designed to help prepare your early preschooler for his/her next step in It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc.’s Journey Preschool Program. The curriculum also suggests activities and literature to use for each theme.

EPS teachers choose from over 100 learning activities tied to more than 70 specific Learning Objectives. Teachers tailor these learning activities to your child's needs. In covering the Learning Objectives, your child will be involved in activities that promote Language and Communication Development, Cognitive Development, Creativity and the Arts, Physical Development, and Personal and Social Development.

Assessments and Lesson Planning

The Learning Objectives are introduced and repeated throughout the curriculum.

Teachers track your child's developmental progress toward the objectives in two ways:They perform ongoing assessments by observing your early preschooler within the Learning Centers and other daily activities and taking notes on his/her progress on a day-to-day basis. These assessments are not the traditional "tests" or one-on-one assessments that elementary school children might experience. We believe it is more accurate and feasible to observe early preschoolers' behavior and skills within a typical daily activity and context. They will regularly monitor each child's journal entries and the work placed during the entire school year in his/her portfolio.

Teachers use the assessment results to build their weekly lesson plans, which help them keep track of the activities that they have chosen to do with the children, as well as the materials and literature that they need.

Important Features

Literacy

It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc.’s Early Preschool Program has a strong focus on emergent literacy, and the curriculum will be paired with over 200 age-appropriate books throughout the year. Each book has been hand-selected based on the illustrations, the vocabulary, its focus on the current theme and its unique ability to engage the children. In addition, our literature selections emphasize diversity among ethnicities, geographies, cultures and holidays.

Journals

Your child can draw or write in his/her personal journal within the Writing Center every day. Each day, the teacher introduces a new journaling topic. The children can journal about the topic, or anything else on their minds. You'll be amazed at how your child's drawings change from the beginning to the end of the school year, as he/she begins to learn how to communicate through print. The teachers label and date the journal entries based on what your child said about his/her drawing - this way both the teacher and you know what your child's intentions were. You are welcome to look through your child's journal as often as you like. Your EPS teacher will take you through the journal during your semiannual parent-teacher conferences.

At the end of the year, we hope you'll take your child's completed journals home as a keepsake of his/her early preschool school year.

Portfolios

During each unit, several items that your child worked will be labeled, dated and stored in his/her portfolio. This way the teacher can monitor his/her progress and share this with you during parent-teacher conferences. At the end of the year, you can also take the portfolio home as another keepsake.

Kids of Character

An important and unique feature of our curriculum is It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc.’s Kids of Character component. Kids of Character was first introduced in 2008 in response to the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, and will help children of all ages learn about important topics, such as tolerance, perseverance, honesty, teamwork and self-discipline. Each month a different trait is featured, and your child will learn and discuss the trait through various group activities.

More Language, More Books, More Fun

What Your Early Preschooler's Day Is Like

He/she will probably begin to talk about her day even before he/she arrives at It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc. While getting dressed or eating breakfast, he/she will be focused on "coming to school" in the mornings and looking forward to playing and learning.

Morning Circle Time

Early preschoolers start their day with Morning Circle Time. Here, the class joins together to discuss a daily topic, the weather and the day's exciting activities. Your child will learn many math and language skills during Morning Circle Time, but equally as important, she will start to participate in a longer group activity and feel comfortable speaking up in front of her peers and teacher.

Learning Center Activities

After Circle Time, your child will choose which Learning Center Activity she would like to start with. For example, if the theme is "The Days of Dinosaurs," she may want to start at the Art Center to draw about how she would eat, feel and dress if she were a dinosaur.

At the Math Center, she might create patterns out of different dinosaur shapes and pictures. And at the Art Center, she might like to create "Edible Dinosaurs" out of marshmallows, icing, raisins and other foods. Throughout each unit, there are over 50 Learning Center activities the teacher may introduce.

The early preschool (EPS) teacher works with the children in small groups to extend the Learning Center experience. For example, during the Math Center patterning activity, the teacher may spend time making sure that children are creating progressively complex patterns and that they all understand the concept. In the Writing Center, she may ask the children to share their drawings and label their work as a way to document and model handwriting.

Later in the day, the children will come back to the Learning Center to finish a project they started in the morning, work on their journals or pick up a whole new game to play and learn.

Next, the children typically go outside to exercise, burn off some energy and develop their gross motor skills. Believe it or not, our teachers perform assessments outside, too.

Literacy and Language Enrichment

Literacy and Language Enrichment activities are designed to foster a love for reading.

Your child will gather with the rest of the class to read a story, sing a song and/or act out a favorite book. It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc. believes in using quality children's literature to help make your child a lifetime reader. You will enjoy many of the theme-related books that your EPS teacher shares with your child.

Music and Movement

Just wait until your early preschooler teaches you his/her Music and Movement song. This is another great part of our day during which your child has fun with a variety of action songs, poems and rhymes that help to expand vocabulary and listening skills.

The Home Stretch

After Music and Movement, our day comes to a close with more play and afternoon Circle Time. During afternoon Circle Time, the children will review what they have learned, share their favorite Center project and look ahead to tomorrow.

Your Ride Home

You will get a snapshot of what your child did that day from the "Car Talk." We urge you to use the Car Talk information as a going-home routine to reinforce learning, and build self-esteem and enjoyable communications with your child. It's a great way to avoid the "I don't know" response when you ask her what she learned today.

The Preschool Curriculum

Each day, your preschooler will engage in various hands-on activities designed to introduce him/her to the current learning objectives in a meaningful, personal way. He/she will explore and discover solutions working by himself, with a friend or in small groups.

The Preschool curriculum features 26 two-week units. Each unit has its own theme. Throughout each unit, our goal is to make the theme come alive for your child, so that he/she is always completely engaged in his/her day. These themes have been carefully designed to help prepare your preschooler for his/her next step in the It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc. - our Pre-Kindergarten Program. The curriculum also suggests activities and literature to use for each theme.

Preschool teachers choose from over 200 learning activities tied to more than 70 specific Learning Objectives. Teachers tailor these learning activities to your child's needs.

In covering the Learning Objectives, your child will be involved in activities that promote Language and Communication Development, Cognitive Development, Creativity and the Arts, Physical Development, and Personal and Social Development.

Assessments and Lesson Planning

The Learning Objectives are introduced and repeated throughout the curriculum. Teachers track your child's developmental progress toward the objectives in two ways:They perform ongoing assessments by observing your preschooler within the Learning Centers and other daily activities and taking notes on his/her progress on a day-to-day basis. These assessments are not the traditional "tests" or one-on-one assessments that elementary school children might experience. We believe it is more accurate and feasible to observe preschoolers' behavior and skills within a typical daily activity and context. They regularly monitor each child's journal entries and the work stored during the entire school year in his/her portfolio.

Teachers use the assessment results to build their weekly lesson plans, which help them keep track of the activities that they have chosen to do with the children, as well as the materials and literature that they need.

Important Features

Literacy

It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc.’s Preschool Program has a strong focus on emergent literacy, and the curriculum will be paired with over 200 age-appropriate books throughout the year. Each book has been hand-selected based on the illustrations, the vocabulary, its focus on the current theme and its unique ability to engage the children. In addition, our literature selections emphasize diversity among ethnicities, geographies, cultures and holidays.

Journals

Your child can draw or write in his/her personal journal within the Writing Center every day. Each day, the teacher introduces a new journaling topic, such as "Who is your favorite artist?" The children can journal about the topic or anything else on their minds. By the time children reach preschool, they are beginning to journal on more topics than they did in early preschool. You'll be amazed at how your child's drawings change from the beginning to the end of the school year, as he begins to learn how to communicate through print. Through journaling, your child is working on important learning objectives, such as:printing the letters within his/her name drawing pictures with five to six varying details suggesting ideas for creative interpretation dictating writing to express thoughts

The teachers label and date the journal entries based on what your child said about his drawing - this way both the teacher and you know what your child's intentions were. You are welcome to look through your preschooler's journal as often as you like. Your preschool teacher will take you through the journal during your semi-annual parent-teacher conferences.

At the end of the year, we hope you'll take your child's completed journals home as a keepsake of his preschool school year.

Portfolios

During each unit, several items that your child worked on are labeled, dated and stored in his portfolio. This way your child's teacher can monitor his progress and share this with you during parent-teacher conferences. At the end of the year, you can also take the portfolio home as another keepsake.

Kids of Character

An important and unique feature of our curriculum is It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc.’s Kids of Character component. Kids of Character was first introduced in 2008 in response to the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, and has helped children of all ages learn about important topics such as tolerance, perseverance, honesty, teamwork and self-discipline. Each month a different trait is featured, and your child will learn and discuss the trait through various group activities.

Growth through Play and Discovery

What Your Preschooler's Day Is Like

It won't take very long before your child is walking into the preschool classroom like he owns the place! In fact, most preschoolers enter the classroom and go straight to their favorite Learning Center activity from the previous day.

Morning Circle Time

Once all the children have arrived, our day begins with Morning Circle Time. Here, your preschooler will sing songs, help the teacher determine today's weather, participate in a charting activity entitled "I Spy," determine their daily schedule and talk about what Center activities and journal topics are available for the day.

Each Circle Time has a daily discussion topic. For example during the unit "Art Adventures," the teacher may bring in different kinds of colorful fruit and show the children how to make paint from the fruit. The class could discuss how, long ago, artists created paint from fruits or plants.

Preschoolers learn math and language skills during Morning Circle Time, but just as important, they improve their ability to concentrate on a larger group activity for more than a few minutes, participate in changing daily discussions and experiment with different language and body movements to communicate with their teacher and peers.

Learning Centers

Next, your child will participate in a Learning Center activity of his/her choice. For example, during the "Art Adventures" unit, a Reading and Listening Center activity is to listen to a recording of 'Harold the Purple Crayon', a book by Crockett Johnson, and create a purple crayon drawing. An Art Center activity introduces the children to the wonderful art of Georges Seurat by having them imitate Seurat's artistic style of Pointillism. In the Math Center, the children might experiment with their own well-measured recipes to create their own play dough.

Throughout the unit, there are over 75 Learning Center activities for the teacher to introduce. Every activity that is done throughout the day is tied to a specific Learning Objective.

Once your child has completed his/her initial Learning Center activity, he/she can choose another activity. The preschool teacher works with the children in small groups to extend the Learning Center experience. For example, during the Reading and Listening Center activity, the teacher might review the book and ask the children to talk about their purple crayon creations. In the Math Center, the teacher will gently encourage children to further their investigations by adding more materials to their play dough, and make sure that children are reinforcing important cognitive vocabulary words such as "more," "less," "the same," etc.

Later in the day, the children will come back to the Learning Center to finish a project they started in the morning, work on their journals or pick up a whole new game to play and learn.

After Learning Center Time, the children typically go outside to exercise, burn off some energy and develop their gross motor skills. Believe it or not, our teachers will perform assessments outside, too.

Literacy and Language Enrichment

Literacy and Language Enrichment activities are designed to foster a love for reading. Your child will gather with the rest of the class to read a story, sing a song and/or act out a favorite book. For example, within the "Art Adventures" unit, one Literacy and Language Enrichment activity is to read the book, 'In the Garden with Van Gogh' by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober. When the class finishes the book, the teacher uses the Starry Night painting to build a visual display with the children - they draw a chart with stars, a tree, a sock, a moon, etc. and use the chart to search for the items within the painting. After the children find the item, they record the information on the chart paper.

It’s A Small World After All Child Care Inc. believes in using quality children's literature to help make your child a lifetime reader. You will enjoy many of the theme-related books that your preschool teacher shares with your child.

Music and Movement

Just wait until your preschooler teaches you his/her Music and Movement song. This is a great time during the day for your child to get active, learn fun, new songs and expand his/her vocabulary. During the Artistic Treasures unit, the children sing a song to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus" called "The Brush in your Hand" - during the song they learn about all the different ways you can work with paint brushes to create beautiful art.

The Home Stretch

After Music and Movement, our day comes to a close with more play and afternoon Circle Time. During afternoon Circle Time, the children will review what they have learned, share their favorite Center project and look ahead to tomorrow.

Your Ride Home

The "Car Talk" will give you a snapshot of what your child did that day. We urge you to use the Car Talk information as a going-home routine to reinforce learning, and build self-esteem and enjoyable communications with your child. It's a great way to avoid the "I don't know" response when you ask him what he learned today.

Program Details

What will your child be doing? How do we prepare children for school and a lifetime of learning? These are important questions, and the answers truly set It’s A Small World After All Child Care apart from other child care centers.

We challenge children at all ages- from infants to preschool with developmentally appropriate programs based on skill level and the skills of typically developing children in each age group. 

These early learning programs are the product of years of research and input from leading education and child care experts.

Questions?  Answers.

Some questions can only be answered when you visit us. Others, you’ll find right here. Find out more about our philosophy and approach to early childhood education. Learn what “Play with a purpose” means. Get a feeling for whether It’s A Small World After All Child Care might be the right educational child care solution for your child.

Take your time. Look around, and find the answers you need to make the right choice.

Easy Enrollment

You want to know if we understand how busy you are. Most of our procedures at It’s A Small World After All Child Care are set up to accommodate your schedule, including an easy way to begin enrollment. All of the documents you’ll need can be found on the It’s A Small World After All Child Care Application page. Simply print, complete and bring them with you when you visit. When it comes to getting to know your family, however, we do like to take some time.

The Parent Interview and Child Assessment gives us valuable insight into your goals and your child’s needs.

Some questions can only be answered when you visit us. Others, you'll find right here. Find out more about our philosophy and approach to early childhood education.

Hours of operation

We are open seven day a week all year round with the exception of major holidays. Our hours of operations are Sunday through Saturday 8 a.m. to   6 pm.