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The Creative Mind Children's Center

148 Main Street
Groveland, MA 01834

Phone:
(978) 372-1100

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Small privately owned licensed part-time and full-time program offering a preschool curriculum with childcare wrapped around the morning program.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

PHILOSOPHY We seek to provide an emotionally secure and physically safe environment where children are encouraged to explore a variety of experiences and materials through play and planned activities. Our professional staff plans and implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a supportive, nurturing learning environment to promote each child’s social, intellectual, creative, physical and emotional growth. The Center is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and we operate under their regulations. A copy of these regulations, 606 CMR 7.00, is available upon request or by contacting EEC at: www.eec.state.ma.us.. The regional office is located at 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence,MA 01843, and can be reached at (978) 681-9684 for information regarding the program’s regulatory compliance history. We provide full day care for children ages 12 months to 6 years old (and not yet in kindergarten) in accordance with our License from the Department of Early Education and Care , Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We provide limited extended afternoon childcare for Kindergartners who attend Bagnall Elementary School (or who have transportation provided to our Center by noon). The Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each weekday excluding major holidays. A Toddler program is available for children who are 12 months old by June 1. Enrollment in this class does not exceed nine children and there are two educators trained in the development and education of Toddler - aged children. Our Preschool program is designed for children who are three years old by December 31 and are ready for more structured activities. The two educators in this class are trained in both Toddler and Preschool development and curriculum and the classroom accommodates nine children at one time. Our morning PreKindergarten program has two educators trained in the field of early childhood development and enrollment in this class does not exceed eighteen children. The program is designed for children who are at least four years old by December 31 years old and younger than 6 years old (and not yet in Kindergarten) by September 1 to be enrolled in this program. Children in this class are ready for longer and more structured activities, and must be toilet trained. We offer two-day (T•Th), three-day (M•W•F), or five-day opportunities in the morning and extended care in the afternoon. All children enrolled at the Center will engage in activities, projects and free play opportunities suited to their needs and developmental readiness. Additional Staff members are available throughout the day to assist in all programs. All programs are designed to accommodate the needs of each child, and activities and planned programs are developed by the Staff to ensure developmentally appropriate practices are being utilized. Individual, small group and large group activities are made available to all children on a daily basis

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Social skills Self-help skills Dramatic play

From the Director:

Our program seeks to: * Treat children with respect, understanding and good humor. * Balance structured activities designed for fun and learning with free time for children to make choices and explore new possibilities. * Foster each child’s sense of self and responsibility. * Encourage good communication between home and the Center in order to be mutually supportive.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each day provides many opportunities for children to have 1:1 time with their teacher(s) during teacher-led activities, free play experiences, and the daily planned schedule

Day in the Life

General School Mission

GOALS: TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
* To provide a safe,loving, caring atmosphere where physical affection is carefully but freely given.
* To instill in each child a positive self - concept.
* To provide a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous response to children.
* To meet each child’s physical needs.
* To establish the foundations for the respect of equipment and materials.
* To establish the foundations of respect for others and their rights.
* To provide for beginning language development through example, modeling and encouragement.
* To make available a full range of activities appropriate to the developmental age of each child and provide easy access to a variety of age-appropriate materials.
* To introduce the child to his/her environment with fun learning activities in the areas of art, science, language, social awareness, cognitive abilities, gross and fine motor development, dramatic and imaginative play, music and movement.
To provide care for children individually, as well as in small and large groups.
To provide for a balance of quiet activities with more active activities throughout the day in a calm, nurturing and unhurried manner.
* To foster self-help skills as is appropriate to the age of each child.
* To be supportive of parents by encouraging open, honest communication, while using tact and discretion.

GOALS: PREKINDERGARTEN / KINDERGARTEN EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM
* To provide a nurturing, safe, flexible and calm atmosphere where self-concept is enhanced, independence is encouraged and expectations are made clear.
* To provide a wide variety of age appropriate activities, within a routine with fun learning activities in the areas of art, science, language, social awareness, cognitive abilities, gross and fine motor development, dramatic and imaginative play, music and movement.
* To provide care for children individually, as well as in small and large groups.
* To provide for a balance of quiet activities with more active activities throughout the day in a calm, nurturing and unhurried manner.
* To develop each child’s active curiosity about his/her environment and to foster an enthusiasm for learning which stimulates exploration and creativity.
* To offer ample opportunities for cooperative play experiences.
* To provide an atmosphere where respect for others and their needs are reinforced and respect and care of equipment and materials is expected.
* To provide ample opportunities for children to engage in activities where there are choices to be made, balanced with more defined and structured activities.
* To meet each child’s physical needs while fostering self-help skills as is appropriate to the age of each child.
* To be supportive of parents by encouraging open, honest communication, while using tact and discretion.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

COMMUNICATION
Communication between the child’s home and childcare facility are extremely important and help to provide all those involved in the care of the child with a clearer view of the child on a daily basis. Educators working with the Toddler program will provide parents with daily written notices describing special happenings and activities the child was involved with, and providing information regarding eating, sleeping, elimination, and general behavior patterns. Staff members who work directly with a child in all of our programs will share any important information regarding the child’s day at The Creative Mind Children’s Center with parents upon request.
Parents are strongly urged to provide any pertinent information that they may feel will help us care for their child during the day, and it is helpful for the Staff to know of any major changes in the child’s routine or home life that may affect his/her performance or activity during the time spent at the Center. We invite parents to visit the Center and we maintain an open-door policy. We do ask, however, that parents make an appointment with the educator and/or Director if there are significant issues to be discussed, as it is the responsibility of the staff at The Creative Mind Children’s Center to care for and provide their undivided attention to the children in the program at all times. Staff at the Center will make every effort to consult with parents as soon as possible.
The Creative Mind Children’s Center welcomes parents’ input and ideas for the program we provide for their child. Parents are encouraged to offer assistance, talents and ideas to help make this a truly sharing experience between each child’s home and the childcare program!
A newsletter is published periodically to keep parents informed of upcoming events, changes to the program, parenting “tips” and educator accounts of classroom happenings. Weekly plans and classroom events are posted on each classroom’s White Board. The Parent Board posts notification concerning the Center, community events, and recent articles relating to parenting issues.
The parent(s) whose child is enrolled in the Toddler program will be informed on a daily basis as problems or milestones are observed by the staff and will receive a more detailed written progress report every six months. The parent(s) whose child is enrolled in the Preschool and Prekindergarten programs will receive a more detailed progress report twice yearly. Copies of these reports will be kept in the child’s folder. Conferences between staff and parent(s) will be held upon request or as significant issues arise.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We acknowledge that children and parents who have separation anxiety may find coming to a large group setting upsetting. During the initial visit we have the child play and participate in the program as much as is possible with the parent(s) nearby. Upon enrollment, the parents and child come back again for a short visit.
Once the child's first day arrives, we highly suggest that a parent is readily available to come if a child is experiencing an unusually difficult time separating from home. We have extra staff available during these times to assist with the child who is experiencing difficulty with separation.