A circle time of songs, finger plays, baby bounces or parachute play, lead by an early childhood educator, greets the parents and children as they arrive.
A focus for the day moves everyone into activities that reinforce the intent of the learning. Social emotional learning, eye/ hand coordination and a sense of community are encouraged by group activities. Hands on activities for the parents and children to participate in together will follow.
Cognitive and creative abilities are enhanced along with the skills of sharing, negotiating, following directions and the coping skills needed when frustration sets in.
As the children sit down for a nutritious snack or lunch the parents separate from their kids to attend a curriculum based parent education discussion lead by a trained parent educator.
During this time, researched based material is presented with time for discussion of current parenting issues. This is also a time of support building, networking and encouragement by parents for each other.
While the parents meet separately, their children are supervised in a “children’s program” of developmentally appropriate activities that focus on social interaction and school readiness skills.