About Our Curriculum
The educational programs at Itsy Bitsy Hearts were created with our children’s needs in mind: to mature and develop in a safe yet stimulating environment. Take a look below to learn more about each program.
A Place As Nurturing As Home
As parents, we understand how hard it can be to entrust the care of your infant to someone else. Of course, you want to be there for each smile, squirm, and squeal. With our infant child care program, you will. We take a partnership approach with parents, from working with you, to developing your baby’s daily schedule to capturing special moments with photos and sending them to you. Each day, you receive detailed written reports of your little one’s feeding, sleeping, diapering, and learning activities. At Itsy Bitsy Hearts, we make sure this first transition away from home is smooth and joyful for you and your baby.
Infant Education Cultivates Foundation Skills
Experiences during your child’s first three years of life are pivotal to his or her physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional growth. In fact, 82% of the brain develops during this time. Through personalized care and engaging activities in a calm, secure environment, our professional team fosters your baby’s early foundational skills.
Cognitive: Early brain development is dependent on a multitude of factors, including caregiver responsiveness, exposure to language and conversation, nutrition, and physical activity. In our daycare curriculum, we take a holistic approach to support growth in all areas.
Socio-Emotional: Recent brain research reveals that emotional and cognitive development are closely interrelated. Providing responsive caregiving to infants not only helps them begin to regulate their emotions and gain a sense of safety and predictability in their social environments, but also strongly supports attention and learning.
Physical: The development of small and large muscles is important during these early years of life. Whether your baby is just starting to raise his or her head, rolling from stomach to back, or taking that first step, our nursery offers plenty of comfortable space for him or her to practice these burgeoning motor skills in a safe and secure environment.
Developmental Activities Include:
Attentive Talking: Language is key to learning for infants—and not just hearing a steady stream of words. Research indicates a back-and-forth exchange of words, sounds, and expressions between caregiver and child is an active ingredient to brain development. Throughout all hours of daycare school, our caregivers not only talk to your baby but also tune in to their responses and encourage vocalizing and babbling.
Story Time: It’s never too early to start reading to children. Every day, our professional caregivers read to your baby, which boosts his or her awareness, listening, and memory skills.
Rhyming & Singing: Song and music strengthens cognitive skills and enhances babies’ moods. Our caregivers are often singing and cooing to your infant, creating a loving and positive environment.
Rocking & Cuddling: Caregivers provide continual physical and emotional support to your infant through rocking and cuddling. These early interactions positively influence socio-emotional development.
Positive Play: Our experienced teachers encourage play with carefully selected toys to help develop your infant’s gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual tracking, and creative and cognitive skills.
Safety First: As they develop their motor skills and minds, babies need plenty of room to move and explore. To ensure your little one’s safety, the nursery in our infant program complies with the strictest state and federal safety regulations, as well as those imposed by toy and equipment manufacturers.
Your Baby’s Home Away from Home
The first few years lay the foundation for success for the rest of your child’s life, and we know you wish you could be there for each and every moment. That’s why we offer a collaborative infant care program. Our staff and caregivers work so closely with parents that they often feel Itsy Bitsy Hearts is extended family. Our approach to infant child care is as professional as it is personal. Through research-informed environments and activities, we help foster essential skills for school and life, while nurturing your baby’s pivotal early development.
3-Year-olds work with a variety of goals each month. The goals are reached by giving your child opportunities to explore, experience and work together with their professional teacher's guidance. Through Math and Science, Library, Music, Art and Dramatic Play we develop both sides of the brain allowing your child to enhance his/her further learning.
Because your child is in a home daycare setting, his/her caregiver can work closely on individual social skills. Examples of this are; how to get along with others, solve conflicts (with adult help and guidance), and how to become responsible and an independent individual.
Play gives your child the freedom to imagine, explore and create using their own thoughts and ideas. Supporting the development of the mind leads to life-long learning.
Your child learns finger plays, nursery rhymes, book care and proper use of supplies. He/she works on the alphabet, not only recognition of the letter, but also writing skills and phonics. Spanish will be introduced as well.
Math includes counting, number recognition, patterning and sorting. Many different science experiments allows discovery, and your child gets to experience all this first hand by doing it himself/herself.
A variety of art enrichment activities are on the curriculum. Your child is encouraged to create his/her own art pieces just the way he/she sees it best We rely on your child's endless imagination to create art masterpieces.
Music, an essential part of Itsy Bitsy Hearts curriculum, we will expose your child to a wide variety of musical styles. Your child will sing, dance, play instruments and participate in marching bands. Click the " Program tab" for more information.
2-year-olds are exposed to a variety of creative art activities, which will inspire their own uniqueness. Art activities play a valuable role in the development of small motor skills. Your child will be painting, molding, and doing other activities that will strengthen his/her hand muscles, preparing him/her to hold a pencil correctly. Music awareness and use of instruments as well as song and dance will be a part of his/her day. Expression through literature helps your child develop a creative and imaginary mind. Cooking projects give your child an opportunity, through the science of cooking, to create something edible.
Your child will be working with his/her peers in a small classroom environment. Through conversations and problem solving, social skills are developed. This helps your child prepare language, independence and high self-esteem.
Your child will learn through positive reinforcement in the areas of math, science, language, literature and social studies. This will ensure success and a self-motivated child.
2-year-olds work on colors, shapes, counting, names, patterning, tearing, cutting and much more. Your child will learn to sit in circle for story time and play in small groups while learning rules of the school as well as rules of society. Art enrichment activities are designed to expand their creativity, which allows for a better understanding of the world around them.