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Developmental Learning Ctr

7491 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH 45459-4416

(937) 433-4808


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Cradles to Crayons offers quality Child Care with developmental programs for the working parent. The Child Care program is available from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, except holidays, for children from 6 weeks of age to 5 years of age. The Child Care Program offers the RIE (pronounced rye) Philosophy for Infants and Toddlers and the Preschool-Age Children are active participants with their learning environment using the High Scope Philosophy.
Basic Principles of the RIE Philosophy:
Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner
An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing
Time for uninterrupted play
Freedom to explore and interact with other infants
Involvement of the child in all care activities to allow the child to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient
Sensitive observation of the child in order to understand his or her needs
Consistency and clearly defined limits and expectations to develop discipline
Basic Principles of the High/Scope Philosophy:
Based upon knowledge of the developmental patterns typical of young children in the preschool years, we have made "active learning" the cornerstone of our educational approach. By "active learning" we mean learning that is initiated by the child not transmitted by the teacher. An activity must have five key ingredients to be called "active learning":
Materials-variety of interesting materials must be readily available
Manipulation-children are free to handle, explore, and work with material
Choice-children have choice to set their own goals and select materials
Language-children talk about what they are doing and what they have done
Support-adults encourage child's efforts and help them extend or build upon their work by taking with them about what they are doing, by joining in their play, and by helping them solve problems
Excerpted from the preschool's website