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Our child care programs engage children in hands-on experiences rather than scripted curriculum. Learning centers give children an opportunity to make choices, come up with ideas, and be creative. As play unfolds, our staff observe, listen, and reflect. They ask questions and talk to the children about what they are doing. Then they plan new and challenging classroom activities taking into consideration the individual needs of each child. By employing these scaffolding techniques, children find learning is fun while achieving heights they otherwise could not reach.

Toddlers (1yr+)

Working in partnership with parents, nurturing staff provide toddlers with individual child care in a loving, secure and engaging environment.

Early Preschool (2yr+)

Early Preschoolers understand what it means to trust and be trusted by child care staff. Play based early preschool curriculum promotes attention, self-regulation, and self-help skills.

Preschool (3yr-4yr)

Preschoolers engage in hands-on literacy and number activities. Social skills include the encouragement of independence and cooperation.

Pre-kindergarten (4yr-5yr)

Pre-kindergarten means getting ready for kindergarten with age-appropriate, collaborative lessons in reading, writing, math, problem-solving, and language.

Kindergarten (5yr-6yr)

Independent and group work, goal-setting, and critical-thinking are explored in our private kindergarten (half/full day programs) with a low teacher-to-student ratio.

School-Age (Post Kg-12)

Before and after child care includes a variety of fun, exciting, and educational activities. During the summer add special events, field trips, and guest presenters. It all adds up to fun, fun, and more fun in the summer adventure day camp.

Iliff Blog

1609, 2015

Individualized Programs in Preschool

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Child Care|Comments Off on Individualized Programs in Preschool

Good programs in preschool should be individualized so that each child’s experiences match his or her developmental abilities. Developmentally appropriate programs emphasize the following:
1. Active exploration of the environment.
2. Self-directed, hands-on learning activities.
3. A balance between individual and group activities/active movement and quiet activities.
4. Positive and supportive interaction with teachers and peers.
5. Encouragement to be social, confident, and independent thinkers.

1407, 2015

Help Your Child Play

July 14th, 2015|Categories: Child Care|Comments Off on Help Your Child Play

Decades of research have demonstrated that play is more than just fun and games.  Through play, children learn to interact with others, develop language skills, recognize and solve problems, and discover their potential.  What can you do to help your child play?

Reduce screen time. They may be bored at first…but you can make suggestions to inspire their creativity.
Don’t overschedule them in adult-organized activities. This leaves little time for play.
Get them […]

1806, 2015

Help Your Child Become A Problem Solver

June 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Help Your Child Become A Problem Solver

Preschoolers who can solve their own problems feel confident and enjoy learning. They are willing to make mistakes and learn from them. You can help by:

Pointing out that it takes time to learn something new. Explain that learning takes a while and practice will make it better.
Remind your child that problems help “grow brains”. Remind your child that he or she knows how to do lots of thing by practicing.
Work […]

2905, 2015

Preschool vs. Daycare

May 29th, 2015|Categories: Child Care|Comments Off on Preschool vs. Daycare

I just received another call asking me if Iliff is a preschool or a day care. Why do we as a society try to separate early education and care? After all the best programs are all carefully designed to encourage children’s cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development.

Maybe part of the reason for the separation is that parents see staff sitting on the floor to teach or holding children when they are […]