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Ages 8 Weeks to 11 Months*

Little fingers and toes, a sweet murmur in their sleep – these are the things that make your baby precious.  We know you long to be there for every smile, laugh, and moment of learning but when you can't, we are here to help.

At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, your infant will be provided with a primary caregiver, someone dedicated to caring for your child and learning what makes them unique.

Our specially trained caregivers will provide your baby with the same care and love you give them every day.  We will communicate with you to ensure your baby’s needs are met and you don't miss a thing while you are working on your education, career, or family-related duties.

At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center we know learning starts on day one - every smile, every embrace, every moment of play is a milestone on your child's path toward a life-long love of learning.

Infant Activities:

  • Stroller Walks around the College Campus
  • Peek-a-boo and Other Games
  • Reading, Singing, Sign Language
  • Floor Play/Tummy Time
  • Mirror Play
  • Art – painting with hands and feet
  • Free Play – playtime with other infants and caregiver
  • Weekly Themed Activities

Infant Learning Paths - Play:

  • Physical – rolling; holding head upright; sitting with and without support; grabbing items and using hands to reach for desired objects; visually follows items; looking around to locate sound; enjoys games where objects are hidden and rediscovered; exploring objects with hands and mouth
  • Emotional – shows range of emotions (excitement, anger, pleasure, fear, etc.) through various situations
  • Social – displays preference, familiarity, and recognition of parent and primary caregiver; smiles and recognizes self in mirror; establishes eye contact with others; plays with toys and self-designed games
  • Cognitive – interested in their mirror image; repeats interesting actions; further develops hand-eye coordination
  • Language – responds to own name; understands changes in tone of voice and uses own voices to mimic sounds and express feelings (joy, displeasure, pain, etc.); responds to others talking with coos and babbles; imitates and initiates sounds

Primary Caregiver Role:

  • Learns your infant's needs including their personal feeding schedule, sleep schedule, and desire for play and physical contact
  • Discovers your baby's likes/dislikes including toys, games, and physical activities
  • Utilizes the Creative Curriculum® as the basis for learning.  This curriculum is based on interaction with people and occurs naturally during the two main activities of the day – caregiving and free play.
  • Works as your partner, communicating with you about your child's daily development and education
  • Offers tips on how to reinforce learning at home while recognizing that you are the most important person in your child's learning
  • Provides a physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing environment

Infant Care Rates:

Student Parents**
Staff, Faculty, Community Parents

Weekly Rate

* Age ranges may vary slightly as children are transitioned to the next age/classroom level after reaching key developmental milestones and as spaces are available.
** Student Parents Rate available with enrollment in six (6) credit hours per semester.

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