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Infants

Ages 8 Weeks to 18 Months*

Your infant is constantly learning - rolling toward and reaching for a block, exploring its weight and texture with their hands, testing its hardness with their mouth. 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 while helping them explore their world in a safe, caring environment.

Our teachers will provide your infant with the same care and love you give them every day.  We will communicate with you to ensure your infant’s needs are met, they are meeting learning milestones, 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 babble, every step, and 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, Finger-plays, and Other Games
  • Reading, Singing, Sign Language
  • Tummy Time/Floor Play
  • Mirror Play
  • Art – painting with hands and feet, fat crayons, paper
  • Free Play – playtime with other infants and caregiver
  • Weekly Themed Activities

Infant Learning Paths - Play:

  • Physical – rolling; crawling; holding head upright; sitting with and without support; changes positions such as from sitting to crawling; stands with and without support; grabbing items and using hands to reach for desired objects; uses pincher grasp; visually follows items; looking around to locate sound; enjoys games where objects are hidden and rediscovered; exploring objects with hands and mouth; carries objects; holds and uses crayons; stacks blocks; holds own bottle, cup, and spoon; uses fingers to eat most food
  • Emotional – shows range of emotions (excitement, anger, pleasure, fear, etc.) through various situations; shows independence; helps with feeding and dressing self; begins to learn "no" and understand those commands
  • 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; initiates interactions with others; may be shy or anxious around new people; initiates play; possessive of people and materials
  • Cognitive – interested in their mirror image; repeats interesting actions; further develops hand-eye coordination; establishes object permanence; imitates others actions; begins learning that others cause actions; begins learning that others cause actions
  • Language – responds to own name and other familiar words; 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; repeats syllables and words (ex. bye-bye, mama, dada); repeats and practices words

Primary Caregiver Role:

  • 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.
  • Observes and assesses your child's needs including their personal feeding schedule, sleep schedule, and desire for play and physical contact as well as likes/dislikes so that activities meet individual and group learning milestones
  • Provides opportunities to learn through free play, singing, storytelling, self-help skills development, manipulative play, gross motor play, and other age-appropriate activities
  • Introduces basic concepts and enhances the learning experience as your child expresses interest and curiosity
  • Encourages your child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner
  • 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
  • Conducts parent-teacher conferences each spring and fall
  • Utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold® to provide observational assessment information on children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and academic accomplishments in ten domains.  This information is utilized in preparing the classroom lesson plans and is shared with the parents during parent-teacher conferences.
  • Provides consistency and clearly defined limits

Infant Care Rates:

 
Student Parents**
Staff, Faculty, Community Parents

Weekly Rate
$220
$275


* 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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