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Early Learning Center

1270 Foster Dr.
Reno, NV 89436

Phone:
(775) 322-9030

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

Our curriculum is designed to give children the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities within a warm and supportive environment. We believe that children who have been encouraged to develop a positive self-image (self-worth) will reach out and develop new skills at their own pace. INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAM (Ages 6 weeks-3 years) The Infant and Toddler Programs offer a loving, caring, and nurturing atmosphere for children from ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Children are provided with a stimulating environment, which consists of learning experiences designed for the childâ??s total development, while respectful and trusting relationships are established between children and caregivers.

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

From the Director:

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will institute a full pre-school curriculum with Early Childhood Education teachers with or working toward their full teaching certification. Children are evaluated each month on different important areas of growth like, Language & Literature, Gross & Fine Motor Skills, Cognitive Development, Socialization and Self Help Skills. The Center also features a special secured entry system with Key Card access and video classroom monitoring. Our program also has a unique partnership with the Learning Literacy Morphosyntax Acquisition Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno to develop highly effective classroom based Language & Literacy Programs for all children at all levels.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

EARLY LEARNING CENTERSâ?? MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to inspire and enable the healthy development of all young children, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring members of the community. We strive to provide an age appropriate environment that will enhance the child physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally. To achieve this mission we have implemented a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for each childâ??s needs and abilities.
PHILOSOPHY
The Early Learning Center provides opportunities for children to develop emotionally, socially and physically. We believe in an atmosphere in which each child is respected and free to experiment and investigate, free to have individual ideas, and free to master those ideas in a planned environment. Children learn the pleasures of doing things for themselves, and thus develop a positive self-concept. Our program sets limits to help children learn safety, value of property and respect for the rights of others. We do not attempt to bring about quick changes, rather we believe that with parent cooperation, positive learning experiences will establish a foundation for each childâ??s personal achievement.
PROGRAM GOALS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The Center strives to present a program that will assist the family by:
â?¢ Providing children with an atmosphere that encourages a healthy and full life â?¢ Planning an environment of sound principals in early education and developmentâ?¢ Respecting a child as a developmental whole, and â?¢ Providing age appropriate growth and learning opportunities.
With these goals as the foundation of our philosophy, teachers are encouraged to utilize their creativity and expertise to enrich your childâ??s growth. The Early Learning Center is dedicated to providing the support and programming necessary for the excellent care, learning, and growth of your most precious gift: YOUR CHILD.
CURRICULUM
Our curriculum is designed to give children the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities within a warm and supportive environment. We believe that children who have been encouraged to develop a positive self-image (self-worth) will reach out and develop new skills at their own pace.

A Typical Day

SAMPLE CLASS SCHEDULE
Open -8:00 am STAGGERED ARRIVAL/ INDOOR UNSTRUCTURED PLAY
8:00 am â??8:30 am BREAKFAST
8:30 am -9:00 am CIRCLE TIME
9:00 am -10:15 am LEARNING BY DOING
10:15am -11:15 am OUTDOOR PLAY*
11:15am -11:30 STORY TIME
11:30am -12:00 pm MUSIC AND DANCE/COOKING/ SCIENCE
12:00pm -12:30 pm LUNCH TIME
12:30pm -12:50 pm CLEAN-UP,POTTYAND WASH HANDS
12:50pm -3:00 pm NAP TIME
3:00 pm -3:30 pm SNACK TIME, TABLE TOP TOYS
3:30 pmâ??400 pm OUTSIDE PLAY*
4:00 pm -5:00 pm LEARNING BY DOING
5:00 pm â??5:20pm AFTERNOON CIRCLE TIME
5:20pmâ?? 6:00PM INDOOR UNSTRUCTURED PLAY/CLEAN-UPOD DAILY ACTIVITY AS NEEDED
*Depends on weather. Subject to change without notice.

Separation

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