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Infant and Toddler Care

Schedules are flexible to meet the unique needs of the individual child. Children are fed when hungry, sleep when tired and are changed as needed. Teachers encourage the toddler's move toward independence by supporting their attempts to self-feed, use the toilet and dress themselves. The daily program invites the young child to play and actively explore the environment during waking hours. Opportunities for outdoor play are included in the daily routine.

Play activities include music and movement, reading stories, sensory play (with water, play dough, sand, etc.), play with toys that stimulate intellectual and motor development, experiences with appropriate, non-toxic art media, and pretend play.

Space is limited for Infants and Toddlers. Our waiting list for children under age three years is approximately one year

Please note -- This is an estimate that may change based on the age of your child

Part Time and Full Time Preschool

Our preschool program serves children ages 3-5 years. Schedules remain flexible to meet each child's individual needs but follow a predictable pattern of play and routines to provide a sense of continuity and security beginning with:

  • Arrival (greetings, transitioning, free play and individual activities)
  • Prepare for breakfast (wash hands, set tables)
  • Breakfast (8:30 A.M.)
  • Clean-Up
  • Planned activities (art, music, dramatic play, math, language, science, motor)
  • Outdoor/Indoor large muscle activities
  • Group time
  • Prepare for lunch (wash hands, set tables)
  • Lunch (11:30 A.M.)
  • Clean-up (wash hands, brush teeth)
  • Prepare for nap (music, stories)
  • Nap time (1:00-3:00)
  • Snack Time (3:00 P.M.)
  • Free play/individual activities
  • Outdoor/Indoor large muscle activities
  • Departure

Head Start

The UC Early Learning Center, in partnership with the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center, UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services provides a full day, year round Head Start Program for eligible children and their families.

Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low income families. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting. Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities, Other services include vision and hearing tests, nutritional assessment, mental health and social services, family support services, parent education, and opportunities for parents to volunteer and learn more about child development.

Our Head Start Program is blended with our preschool classes and utilizes an integrated approach to meet Head Start requirements. Additional teaching staff, equipment, and access to university and community resources benefit all children in the classrooms.

Please call to inquiry about the waitlist for children 3-5 years old 

School-Age Program

Our summer school-age program is planned around a main theme and supported by field trips, special in-school visitors, and classroom activities. Topics have included "Art and Media", "Dramatics and Puppetry", and "Science Spectacular".

Our program offers:

  • Degreed,experience teachers
  • Educational, as well as recreational activities
  • A developmentally appropriate environment
  • Full-day care during holidays, school breaks and summer
  • Bi-weekly summer field trips