Our infant and toddler program welcomes children as young as 3 months up to 24 months old. Within our infant and toddler program, each child is loved and respected as an individual and is assigned a primary caregiver. This approach, based on the Resources for Infant Educarers’ (RIE), fosters a trusting and close relationship between the teacher, the child, and their parents. Teachers give our youngest learners the respect they deserve by spending time on the floor with them and interacting face-to-face in an engaging and meaningful way. The center maintains a calm and serene environment where children are comfortable and not overstimulated.
Our infants and toddlers enjoy both indoor and outdoor classroom spaces where they can gain independence as they grow, learn, and explore the world around them.With no swings or walkers in the school that would restrain a child, our infants and toddlers are free to explore and begin making their own choices. Teachers do American Sign Language with children, enabling them to communicate in another way before they would normally be able to verbalize their needs. At 12 months old, babies move from a crib to a cot, as we continue to promote independence. These aspects of our infant and toddler program are a few examples of how we are intentional about respecting children’s choices and allowing them to express themselves while not feeling restricted.
We have an open door to families so that parents can say goodbye to their children every morning and the baby can understand the environment belongs to their family as well. Families and babies will see that the Infant Center is a loving and respectful environment where your children can grow and thrive.
“I was nervous and anxious and feeling a bit (okay a lot) guilty about shuttling our tiniest one off to infant care. It’s almost been 2 full weeks, and I have to share how grateful I am for Ascension Lutheran’s Early Childhood Center. The infant center and preschool are filled with the warmest and most wonderful people. The tiny is excited each morning when we arrive and sleeps soundly from a full day of fun.”
– Kim, Parent of a 6-month old
Our infant and toddler program is at capacity with a wait list for 2017/18. Please complete the tour form, and we will contact you to schedule a group tour. Applicants will be added to the wait list. You can contact the Preschool office directly at (805) 381-9081 to get additional information regarding the next group tour.