Infants to 3-year-olds
Infants: Newborn to 12 Months
At Eliada Child Development, we know your baby is special.
Utilizing our extensive training in infant development, we interact, read, and play with your baby to stimulate his or her growth. This is the most critical period of formation—when your child is learning how to observe, experiment, grasp, roll, crawl, pull, sit up, and take their first step. Our supportive staff will document every milestone for you to record.
A Different Sort of Infant Care Center - At Eliada Child Development, we follow nationally accredited infant care standards. That means we don’t just perform diaper changes and routine feedings. We get down on the floor with your baby and play, help him or her crawl, and teach them to reach for toys—all while providing plenty of attention, positive reinforcement and love.
With a ratio of one teacher for every four infants, we work hard to provide a safe, stimulating, and supportive environment to foster your baby’s physical and emotional development. Our classrooms are filled with toys that fit your infant’s motor skill capabilities, help with hand-eye coordination, and challenge them to develop new skills. We also offer on-going observation and assessment of your child’s progress so you know exactly how they are advancing in the program.
Qualified, Professional Staff - Our staff are rigorously trained in infant development; we require all our staff to receive their North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NCECC) and to be certified in CPR, First Aid, Meds Administrative and SIDS training every year. In addition, our teachers’ references are carefully inspected and we continually perform criminal background checks. At Eliada, your child’s safety and healthy development is our utmost priority.
For more information about our Infant Program, contact:
The Terrific Toddlers: 12 Months to 23 Months
In the Toddler room, teachers strive to provide a safe, stimulating, learning environment that will help cultivate your child’s development. Our ratio is one teacher for every five children. In our classroom, we take explore a different theme every week and base our lesson plans around that particular theme. These lessons focus on developing social skills, physical development, cognitive and language skills.
This year in of your child’s life is an astounding time of growth both physically and cognitively. At some point in this year your child will master walking/running and become a fully mobile explorer of their world. They transition from sleeping in a crib to sleeping on a cot, from eating with their hands to using a spoon and from drinking with a bottle to holding a sippy cup. Your child will also begin to verbally express needs and wants, likes and dislikes contentment and frustration.
To promote development in all areas, our teachers create lesson plans to engage your toddler in a variety of activities such as; arts and crafts, music and movement, story time, sand and water play, socialization during free play, and outside time. Throughout your child’s time in the toddler room, each child has his or her own journal. Teachers use these journals to record observations, document milestones, and assess your child’s development.
Growing with the Twos
At Eliada, the two year old classroom provides the stepping stones to pre-school. Our classroom ratio is 1 teacher to every 8 students. We work diligently to set a flexible routine, encourage self help skills, and promote curiosity about the world they live in. All children are encouraged to participate in a daily circle time, as well as play independently in centers. Our curriculum is child centered and designed around the children’s interests and needs.
At two years of age, children are becoming much more verbal and begin learning to use language to communicate effectively. To assist them in this process we encourage sign language along with using verbal cues to express their wants and needs. We also include Spanish vocabulary in our everyday group time along with signing and English. Potty training is a large part of the two year old classroom, and we work with parents to provide a fruitful and positive experience.
We also document daily anecdotal observations of our children, and keep all notes in each child’s personal journal. This journal tracks each child’s milestones that occur while your child is in our care. All of our learning centers are geared towards a rich learning environment. From the block center to science; we pride ourselves in keeping the interest and the best possible learning experience for our two year old students.
The Three’s: A Fun Educational Experience!
The three-year-old class at Eliada Child Development Center is the place to be! We provide high-quality care by well educated professionals who work in partnership with your family to provide the best educational experience possible.
We work very closely with our families to ensure that your child’s needs are met by providing daily communication about your child’s progress and all of those “special moments” that happen throughout the day. We provide daily “sunshine reports”, monthly newsletters, bi-monthly individual goals, and daily face-to-face communication. Parents are always welcome to come and spend some classroom time with their child or volunteer their time or talents in teaching weekly themes. We are here to grow together to benefit your child’s growth and well being.
The students in the three-year-old classroom are engulfed with knowledge through play, small group, and large group activities. They have the opportunity to explore and learn inside and outside of the classroom daily. Guided by the “early learning standards for North Carolina preschoolers” and creative curriculum, teachers provide weekly themes that are jam packed with educational activities to promote growth in: language, cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
The weekly themes are guided by the interests of the students which keep the students engaged and excited about learning! Inside the world of weekly themes the three-year-old class has many fun and educational centers inside and outside the classroom that promote: diversity, math, language arts, discovery, music and movement, all to generate creativity.
Because we are on a large campus the children also participate in activities in the field, with barn animals, on nature walks, and more! Also, the three-year-old class takes an annual field trip to explore the animal’s native to our area at our local Nature Center.
For more information about our Programs, contact:
Tonia Reed, Program Manager
(828) 254-5356 ext 349
Tracey McCrain, Director of Child Development
(828) 254-5356 ext 336
5 STAR license by NC Dept. of Health & Human Resources Division of Child Development
Accredited by NAEYC