Our Learning Environments
Infants & Toddlers
Housed inside Blakemore United Methodist Church, BCC’s Infant/Toddler program serves 12 children ages 6 weeks to 2.5 years old in an intentionally designed, spacious multi-age environment. Our unique multi-age approach allows for continuity of care and lessens transitions between classrooms and caregivers. Children are assigned a primary teacher at enrollment. While all the infant/toddler teachers work in tandem, a child’s primary teacher ensures that all of the child’s daily needs are being met, keeps track of the child’s developmental progress, and serves as a resource and sounding board for parents. We maintain at least a 1 to 4 teacher to child ratio, and most of the time our ratio is 1 to 3. Our goal is to provide exceptional care for your child and to build a strong, reciprocal relationship between caregivers and families.
The infant/toddler outside area is a natural playscape designed for wonder and exploration. Children develop large and small muscles while playing in the grass, rolling on the hill, digging in sand, splashing in water, chasing balls and bubbles, drawing with chalk or painting on the easel. The classroom also has a cozy patio area that allows for additional time outdoors. Additionally, we have 4 and 6 seater strollers that allow the teachers to safely take all the children for neighborhood walks.
A unique feature of the BCC preschool program is its location in a charming, historic house which is used in its entirety for learning experiences. The physical space in the house provides a warm atmosphere for a mixed-age, inclusive program of 2.5-5 year olds. Because it is situated in a residential neighborhood, children experience a sense of community with opportunities to explore and learn about local residents, parks, and community buildings, like the fire station, in the immediate area. The program is infused with an anti-bias approach to education to enhance the sense of community in a diverse world.
Children are assigned a primary teacher at enrollment. While all the preschool teachers work as a team, a child’s primary teacher ensures that all of your child’s daily needs are being met, keeps track of your child’s developmental progress, and serves as a resource and sounding board for parents.
In line with our Reggio-inspired approach, attention is given to aesthetic beauty because we believe that the environment contributes to a child’s learning. The sunroom functions as our art studio where children may access an array of high-quality art materials. Family-style meals are served in the dining room during which socialization skills are encouraged. Each area is intentionally designed for children to explore and engage with the materials.
The “APT” All Play Together Playground is universally accessible so that those with physical challenges can access all areas of the outside play and learning environment along with their typically developing peers. Portions of the playground are left in their natural state so that children have the opportunity to discover and explore the wonder of nature.