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New Dimensions Learning Center

3612 Belfort Road
Jacksonville, FL 32216

(904) 739-1062


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf, Co-op, Reggio-Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers follow DAP with activities and interactions with children. Teaching is through role modeling. Respect to children and their families is evident through out the curriculum and interactions. Expectations and activities are reflective of the chronological age with evidence of individualized curriculum based upon ability. Each child is encouraged to develop at his/her own pace. Teachers promote self-esteem among children. All children and families are serviced in equality.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Center Hours:
6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Closed: (on the day or closest weekday)
New Year’s Day July 4th
Memorial Day Thanksgiving
Labor Day Christmas

State accredited by: Florida Association of Child Care Management, APPLE accredited

Vouchers accepted from: Jacksonville Children's Commission and Early Learning Coalition of Duval

State Licensed by:
License # C04DU0655
The Department of Children and Families Childcare Inspection Reports are available online at:

Meals Included:
Breakfast (730-815), Lunch & Snack

Open Door Policy:
Parents are welcome at the center at any time to observe their children’s activities. Visitors check in to the office with a valid picture I.D. We encourage scheduled conferences and phone calls between our teachers and parents. The progress of our children is greatly enhanced by cooperation between home and center.

Health Policy:
We are a well-child center and follow the Department of Children and Family’s guidelines.


The staff of New Dimensions welcomes you and your child to our school. We believe that children have a natural desire to learn and our role is to prepare them for greater achievement in school and to attain the skills necessary for success in life.

Our primary goal is to encourage your children to achieve their maximum potential in all aspects of personal growth at their own rate of individual development. Our role is to help them discover their world by providing them with a stimulating environment full of enriching experiences.

We foster a nurturing environment with a well-rounded curriculum encompassing physical health education, self-esteem, social & emotional development, manners, personal care, language & communication development, cognitive development and knowledge of music, science, arts, & mathematics.

A Typical Day

Programs and Services

• Florida Voluntary Pre-K Program (VPK)
• Early Learning & Literacy Model (ELLM)
• Educational Field Trips
• Nutritious Meals and Snacks
• Summer Camp, School-out Care
• Credentialed Lead Teachers
• Program Operates Year-round
• Low Teacher to Child Ratios

Our Staff

Our teachers are carefully selected to ensure that your child receives the highest quality of education and care in a loving, positive environment. Every teacher has undergone extensive background checks and are thoroughly trained in Child Development, First-aid and CPR.

The curriculum we utilize is for our accredited, developmentally appropriate program, ages 6 weeks to 5 years and meets the “Florida Birth to Three Learning and Developmental Standards” and “Florida School Readiness Performance Standards” for preschoolers.

The creative and educational lessons prepared by our trained staff members are funneled through interactive play in the learning centers designed in each classroom -- including language, science, creative arts, manipulatives, dramatic play, constructive blocks, writing & letters, and listening.

Our weekly themes coincide with the holidays and calendar happenings and offer a variety of “hands-on” learning experiences. Special events are scheduled throughout the year for all of our classes, as well as field trips for Preschool classes.

Additionally, we strive for continuous communication with parents via daily reports, monthly newsletters and year round conferences to bridge the gap between school and home learning experiences.


All attempts are made to redirect the children through positive and rewarding means. If a child is disruptive this may require verbal redirection, a restatement of rules, a discussion of the situation and/or an appropriate “time out”, as guided by written policy.


 FREE to 4-year-olds (by September 1st)

 Program Operates for 180 days

 3 hours, 9-12 daily, Monday – Friday

 Small Group Size

 1 Teacher to 10 children

 Nutritious Lunch

 Credentialed Lead Teachers

 Extended-care Wrap-around Services Available

 Extensive Individual Child Portfolios and Assessments, Progress Notes and Individualized Goals.

 State Approved Curriculum


We would like to thank you for your interest in New Dimensions Learning Center. Together with the support of our parents and dedication of our experienced teachers we continuously strive towards excellence in quality childcare. We will make every effort to ensure your child’s needs are met as well as providing a loving, enjoyable environment.

Preparing our children for success in school is the best gift we can give them…

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Twice a year you will meet with your child’s teacher--- after 6 weeks and near the end of the school year--- to discuss your child’s portfolio, progress notes, development and to plan goals together with your child’s teacher for the current and following year. This is your opportunity to receive input regarding your child’s progress and goals set for the following months. It’s also a great opportunity to enlighten your child’s teacher with your child’s favorite activities, habits, etc. at home and provide her/him with feedback regarding your expectations for your child’s education. This usually takes from 15 – 30 minutes. Please set up your conference time as soon as possible.

Child Portfolios
The Lead Teacher and/or designated Team Teacher will maintain ongoing portfolios on your child. The Child Portfolio will include but is not limited to the following:
• A copy of the completed application enrollment form-Photo copy the original application form from the child’s record in the office.

• A completed Parent Questionnaire-Filled out by you upon enrollment or shortly after (within one week)

• A completed Parent Volunteer Form-Filled out by you upon enrollment or shortly after (within one week)

• An assessment that is current to date and appropriate for the child’s chronological age.-Teacher fills out this checklist format, which is provided by the center, through the means of knowledge of the child from observations/progress notes. Assessments shall be completed 6 weeks after a child enters the program (or in September) and again in 4 months (or in January). All assessments are living tools and updated as children acquire skills.

• Goals for each area of development as listed in the assessment-A written document of established goals based upon the assessment. Goals are updated throughout the program season. These goals are reflective in the lesson plan.

• Progress notes-Written observation of the skills mastered by your child. A minimum of one progress note per child per week is maintained. Goals and assessments are updated as skills are mastered.

• Record of Parent Conferences-The teacher and you conference twice a year regarding your child’s developmental level and goals established from the assessments and School Readiness Standards. The conference is approximately 20 minutes. The teacher gives brief overview of developmental success and goals. The teacher makes suggestions of activities along with you, which will enhance development of the goals. (educational collaboration of parents, teachers, and children). Documented with a meeting summary of your concerns and teacher concerns, initialed by both. There is a minimum of 2 parent conferences per school year. Additional documentation of parent/teacher collaboration is recommended.

• Journal Documentation-Samples of children’s work are collected within the portfolio for the use of assessing skills and monitoring developmental growth. The teacher will collect a minimum of 1 per month from your child. Examples of children’s work are, a drawing with teacher written dictation, a photograph of a child’s block built castle, dictation of a child’s description, directions, or experience.

Thank you for participating in this important collaboration between home and school of your child’s progress, growth and development!!


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on