At Eco Kids, it is our mission to provide high-quality care for your “whole” child in a safe, healthy, holistic environment. We believe in creating a peaceful environment that allows each child to learn through hands-on experiences with the world around them. We believe we have a responsibility to nurture feelings of trust and security through warm and respectful interactions with each child. We commit the energy, patience, and love required to meet the needs of children socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. We seek to do this through a calm, clean, child-centered environment that encourages self-discovery.
After searching for childcare for her first son, Owner Robyn Scotland decided to change the face of early learning and open her own children's center. In 2013, after many years of hard work and dedication, Eco Baby was born. Robyn created a new face of daycare by designing an Eco-friendly and holistic environment. In 2016, we merged our two sites to become Eco Baby Children's Center, a center for children ages 18 months - 5 years of age.
In 2018, Eco Kids: A Natural Childcare Center, LLC. became our forever home! Our center and heart is now on the corner of 5th Ave. and Broadway. We chose this location because it allowed us to completely renovate a space that would best serve our children and families, while keeping our roots in Downtown Troy.
At Eco Kids, we understand the importance of quality nutrition. We vow to serve only natural, vegetarian foods, and vow to provide local and organic foods when available. Our foods will never contain any artificial preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup. Our milk is supplied from a local farm. Fruits and vegetables are also from local farms when available and much of our produce is ordered and delivered from Capital Roots.
We encourage families to participate in our "farm to table" philosophy by offering weekly deliveries via Field Goods.
Eco Kids provides care for Infants, ages 6 weeks - 18 months of age. We have two infant rooms, our "Eco Sprouts" and our "Eco Seedlings."
Our infant classrooms will utilize the philosophy of Primary Caregiving. Each of our two infant classrooms will have eight children and two teachers, and within those classrooms each teacher will be assigned to provide Primary Care for four infants. Primary Caregiving suggests assigning a staff member to a set of children, to allow a strong bond to form between not only the child and caregiver, but the caregiver and family as well. It is through close relationships with caring adults that children flourish, discover their world, and learn who they are.
Our Infant programs also use the best practice of "Freedom of Movement," to allow for more opportunities for natural gross motor development.
Eco Kids is a New York State certified Breastfeeding Friendly Center!
Eco Kids provides care for toddlers, ages 18 months - 3 years of age. We have two toddler rooms, our "Eco Blossoms" and our "Eco Buds."
Our toddler classrooms are child-centered and provide daily educational experiences through free and guided play. The children will have the opportunity to participate in role play, art, music, reading, gardening, puppet shows, physical activity, dance, family-style meals, etc.
At Eco Kids, we believe the path to early language literacy begins with basic conversations between caregivers and young children. Your child’s caregivers will promote early language development by using simple words the children understand and by interacting with each child daily through the use of books, songs, puppet plays, etc.
Eco Kids provides care for children 3 - 5 years of age in our "Eco Wildflowers" classroom.
In our preschool classroom, the children begin getting accustomed to a more structured environment. While they will still be allowed plenty of time for exploration, they will start participating in daily academic centers as well as a structured and educational “morning meeting”.
At this stage, children will focus on letter/name/number recognition and writing, counting, shape sorting, early science exploration based on STEM research, and fine motor skills (cutting, tracing, etc.). The children will also begin focusing on Kindergarten readiness with lessons aligned to the Core Body of Knowledge and the Early Learning Guidelines.
While there is an emphasis on academics at this age, our programs continue to focus on building social/emotional skills through play-based activities, physical development through movement and exercise, and creativity by incorporating the arts and music.
Full time infant care (breakfast, lunch, an snack provided for those 12 months and up)
Full time toddler care w/ breakfast, lunch, and snack
Full time program w/ breakfast, lunch, and snack