Types of Care
Early Care and Education Center Programs
Our infant, toddler, and preschool group care programs have:
- 3 to 5 classrooms
- Toddler classrooms have 9 children and preschool classrooms average 16 children
- Our teaching staff maintains an adult to child ratio of 1:4.5 in toddler classrooms and 1:8 in preschool classrooms
- Each teaching team plans a daily schedule, emphasizing individual attention, small and large group activities, and active play
- Each classroom reflects areas of interest such as block-building, dramatic play, sand and water, storytelling, science, and creative arts
- We maximize opportunities for gross motor, fine motor, and language development
The overall goal of all programming is to nurture each child’s self esteem by creating situations where the child can successfully explore, experiment, and be challenged.
Family Child Care
Family child care takes place in the home of a caregiver (called a provider) who is recruited, contracted with, trained and subsequently supervised by an Associated family day care coordinator. Each family child care home has up to six children from 3 months to six years of age. No more than two children under the age of two are served in a family child care home. The daily schedule in each family child care home varies according to the needs and ages of the children as well as the schedules of their parents. The unique aspects of family child care are the small groups of children in each home and the flexible hours of service.
Our programs have a combination of basic, Department of Children and Families (DCF), and voucher slots (a “slot” defines the availability of child day care services for one child for one day). The Department of Children and Families provides a variety of supportive care slots. Vouchers are for parents who participate in the Department of Public Welfare’s Employment and Training Program (E.T.). The ability to assist these families, through United Way funding, enables us to serve a broader spectrum of families. All except supportive care parents pay fees according to a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Income eligibility for DCF basic slots requires that total household income be at or below 70% (approximately $18,000) of the state median income at the time of application. Parents remain eligible until their income exceeds 130% (approximately $30,000) of the state median income.