Little Pioneer & Children Center
Little Pioneers & Children Center
The foundation for learning begins at the Kehoe-France Children Center with infants (8 weeks) through 3 years olds. The Kehoe-France Children Center develops and prepares children in a safe environment and welcoming atmosphere. Both indoor and outdoors, every child has the opportunity to show growth. We strive to teach children how to socialize and show respect to others, expand the child’s awareness of the world around them and aid in understanding the world, acknowledge and encourage every effort and mastery of a skill, and build confidence and independence in every child.
We believe that the best way to help children succeed is to teach them to be creative, confident thinkers. That means offering them opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery that help build lifelong critical thinking skills and foster confidence. Using the Creative Curriculum, which is a play-based, individualized, supportive, and effective curriculum, our teachers encourage and support every type of learner and address all the important areas of learning.
With the Creative Curriculum comes Teaching Strategies GOLD, which is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through three-years of age, proven to be valid and reliable. It is based on objectives that include predictors of school success. It helps our teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to get to know them well and find out what they know and can do.
The Learning Environment and Our Staff
The Children Center prides itself on providing an aesthetically pleasing, safe and sanitary, indoor and outdoor learning environment for children. Indoors, the classroom spaces are divided into well-defined interest areas that encourage distinctive types of play and promote development in all areas. These areas are flexible to accommodate practical considerations and children’s changing interests. Each interest area is saturated with materials and manipulatives that promote fun, hands-on learning all day long. Outdoors, the children have the opportunity to run and play on large, grassy fields, and climb and interact on developmentally appropriate playground equipment.
In every classroom there is a lead teacher and an assistant. Our small and intimate class sizes allow for plenty of hands-on, individualized attention and interaction.
Our teachers are highly qualified professionals who have specialized training and degrees. Many of the teaching staff have or are currently working on a master’s degree. Teachers work hard to ensure that their classrooms serve as a learning community. They build a strong, positive relationship with each child, help the children learn to work and play with others, and aid children in developing positive peer relationships and friendships. Teachers guide children’s behavior using positive guidance strategies and support learning during every part of the day. They are intentional and responsive to the needs of the children providing them with a consistent, respectful learning environment.
The Daily Curriculum
Children receive a consistent daily routine that supports active learning through play and builds on children’s interests. The school day is divided into both small and large group meetings, choice time, where the children interact in play-based centers, snack and lunch times, read-aloud times, outdoor play, music and movement, and rest time. During all of these learning periods, children are engaging in activities that help them to develop and build a strong foundation in language, social-emotional skills, physical, literacy and mathematics.
In addition, the curriculum is saturated with learning experiences that incorporate children’s home values, cultures, and family traditions, social-emotional strategies for building relationships and increasing children’s comfort and confidence at school, instructional strategies to facilitate receptive and expressive language acquisition and understanding, and strategies for promoting comprehension during read-aloud time.