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.