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Kristinas Little Angels

36 Gaffney Place
Yonkers, NY 10704

Phone:
(914) 403-0059

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We have a curriculum established for topics the children are interested in. When the interest changes, so does the learning. We believe learning doesn't happen while sitting at a table..it happens EVERYWHERE. And we are always searching for that teachable moment throughout the day!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child at Kristina's Little Angels is given a chance to be heard. Our teachers work with the children one on one when they surpass the rest of the children, or when they need to catch up. We serve children with Autisem and other issues.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Kristina's Little Angels teaches children through natural play. Our staff observes the children's interactions and encourages them to ask questions and explore where their interests lie.

A Typical Day

Children enter the daycare and are greeted by the director. They sit and have breakfast together, as a group. It provides them with peer interaction, as well as establishing table manners. Circle time brings about discussions about typical topics such as weather, days of the week, colors, numbers, and shapes. It includes fingerplay songs, and a chance for each child to be heard.
Outside time is a large part of the day, where the children have the opportunity to "go back in time" and dig for worms, mix water into the sandbox, climb a tree, and have a race with their friend. A hot and home made lunch, and then a period of rest rounds out the afternoon. After nap, the children have free time, story time, centers, music, or art.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A successful program uses a triangle which connects the parent, the child, and the teacher. We strive to keep that triangle strong, and encourage the parents to question their child's learning abilities. Our staff discusses each childs personal successes and encourages parents when a child may need outside sources. The staff attends 30+ hours of continuing education to keep informed with the current needs and philosophys of early education.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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