Beginning Visions Child Development Center is a large center with a homelike atmosphere. We feel that nurturing children in our child development center, showing how much they are loved and cared for, and developing a postive self-esteem in each and every child we care for, are among the most important aspects of what we do.
Education is important, but cognitive learning is secondary to teaching the life skills of getting along with others, respecting authority, learning to cope with difficulities and disappointments, following directions, knowing when to be a leader or a team player, loving learning and books and communication and on and on....
The entire day our teachers are educating the children in our center in every activity they plan. Sometimes this is simply through guidance, to let the child explore for him/herself in a safe controlled environment. At other times teachers are involved in teacher-directed activities. We want children to be creative and expressive and that sounds loud and very interactive to an observer, but children learn best by hands-on feeling and touching and involvement. They learn least by sitting and listening and watching, without experiencing or expressing.
Children are in the class that best meets their needs. Age is not the only consideration for class placement. Each child needs to be comfortable and happy in his/her classroom. We strive to challenge each child to be all God intends him/her to be and to bond to bond with teachers and mix well with classmates.
Beginning Visions is licensed for 149 children but with More@Four from 8:00 to 2:30, followed by the schoolagers from 2:30 to 6:00, we usually have 185 children on the roll. This usually allows two classes of each age group or more. Most rooms have two teachers, a lead teacher and her co-teacher. The morning starts with breakfast and goes into circle time at about 9:00. We ask that children be present by circle time since this starts the planning and educational structure of the day. Teacher-directed activities are frequently done in the morning as well as other formal learning experiences to help them learn the necessary information for progressing to the next developmental stage. This is true at all ages.
We work with the parents to best meet the needs of the child and family. We are here to support the family in their goals and to be an advocate for the child. Evaluations of each child are done at the beginning of the school year in September, in the middle of the year, and again at the end of the year to make sure his progress is developmentally appropriate. Anyone needing follow-up from evaluation concerns, will be referred to specilized therapy as needed after discussion and approval from the parents. Physical, behavioral, emotional, developmental, occupational, and other therapists come to the center to visit the child as needed and requested by the parent.