EduCare believes it is vital to provide developmentally and individually appropriate activities as part of a diverse and culturally sensitive curriculum. Recent brain research supports this belief. We see each child as an individual but also as a part of a whole family where parents are experts on their children. We involve the whole family unit at our center through activities in and out of the classroom. We support families through our parent library and parent workshops. We also make them aware of available local resources such as the Local Resource and Referral Office, Family Connections. You can reach Family Connections at (406) 761-6010.
Our goal is to provide positive stimulation for the children attending EduCare creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. Teachers take every opportunity to enhance children's learning through creative expression and activities, self-exploration and child directed learning.
Harsh discipline is never administered. We use positive re-enforcement to help children make appropriate choices. If inappropriate behavior continues, teachers will use observation techniques to observe and document the child's behavior. We will then ask the parent/guardian to join us in a conference to address and ultimately solve the problem. We always welcome parent involvement in our program.
EduCare provides safe developmentally appropriate toys, equipment and activities. Our learning centers are set up to encourage each child to experience success and personal satisfaction as well as developed self-confidence and a feeling of self-worth that will enable children to grow into confident, curious and tolerant adults who will welcome challenges as part of personal development and learning about the world around them.
Part of our commitment to a well rounded curriculum involves introducing children to multiple languages including English, Spanish and Sign Language including the written and spoken word. We also introduce the children to math, science, and art concepts. We help them develop the necessary social skills that encourages them to "partner" with each other while learning.
Spending time outdoors including; field trips, nature walks, as well as exercising on the playground and parks, enhances children's learning and is a part of the "whole child" education.
We believe in a "hands-on" approach in all the domains whether social-emotional, physical or cognitive. With "whole language" being part of every day learning, many of our children have started to read and write, as well as, be more confident socially when they leave us to attend elementary school.
Our teachers are educated in Early Childhood. We have devised a training and mentoring plan to help new employees quickly become qualified educators/providers through practical experience using the "apprenticeship program" and formal education. We encourage and support our teachers to seek "on-going" education and to stay informed of new developments.
EduCare is not just a preschool or just a child care center but the best combinations of both. We have developed a preschool program which includes a fun, exciting, motivating learning environment and have integrated it into a very safe, clean, friendly "state of the art" child care center. We have based both preschool and child care on the formal education and the practical experiences of each teacher at the center. With all of that, we feel we have the best of all worlds for all the children who attend EduCare.