Our Programs

It is our goal to provide all of our children with the best possible education delivered by motivated, inspirational teachers who have been specially trained to teach an integrated curriculum. We provide children with the tools and resources necessary to explore and discover the world around them while having fun every day.

INFANT CARE (12 Weeks – 15 Months)

Enrollment Info

This is a classroom full of love, learning, and laughter. We are committed to providing your child with a safe environment that will encourage his/her development. Young infants thrive on the warmth and caring that comes from a close relationship with their caregiver. Feelings about security influence an infant’s inclination to explore, and becomes part of the baby’s identity. Learning they can count on being cared for helps babies build a sense of security.

There are many developmental stages that occur during your child’s first years and we can’t wait to be a part of your child’s growth. We as teachers want to assist your child as they achieve all of the new and exciting milestones that they will be discovering.

We encourage open parent-teacher interaction to keep consistency with schedules and routines. We welcome any questions you may have. Everyday is such a pleasant experience and we truly love your child and want the best for him/her. We are grateful for the chance to know your family and to be apart of your child’s most important developmental years!

Learning Activities Include:

  • Language and Communication: Teachers will sing songs, play games and expose babies to variety of books. The infant classroom is a language-rich environment as teachers seize teachable moments to talk to each baby throughout the day. Teachers also use baby sign to help young infants learn to communicate their needs.
  • Cognitive Development: Our stimulating classroom is filled with toys that shake, rattle, and roll. The toys, soft play mats, pictures and bin full of books all encourage the babies to explore and discover the world around them. Teachers work closely to engage children in simple games that teach prediction skills and an understanding of cause and effect.
  • Social and Emotional Development: Throughout the day there are countless opportunities for teachers to help babies feel safe and secure, though cuddles and nurturing exchanges. They are inclusive of family wishes, needs, and cultures.
  • Motor Development: Babies are working on new motor skills every day. Our infant rooms are filled with equipment to facilitate motor development, and our teachers are talented at helping infants meet their next stage of motor development. Teachers are hands on all throughout the day, helping with tummy time, encouraging exploration and supporting baby growth!
  • Creative Development: Our teachers are gifted at exposing babies to a number of art forms including finger-painted works of art, fun sensory activities and lots of music and movement with many types of musical instruments.
  • Outdoor Time: Using our large strollers, teachers take the babies outside whenever weather permits. They go on short walks and visit the playground where they can often swing and watch other children playing.

EARLY LEARNERS (14 Months – 36 Months*)

Enrollment Info

We offer two early learning classrooms. One classroom for children ages 14 months-24 months and the other classroom for children ages 2 years to 3 years old. Our early learning programs are designed to make a child’s introduction to early socializations a positive experience.

The children learn to become a member of a community away from home. Additionally, self-help and pre-academic skills are practiced. At this developmental state, the toddler most naturally will test limits. A toddler delights in the discovery of “power.” This is the beginning of the formation of an identity (separate from primary caretaker) and therefore, an important part of the developmental cycle. We respect the beginnings of a child’s self awareness. We reward positive behaviors and encourage the child to learn how to choose to be pleasant, fun-loving and caring towards both self and others. We expose the children to the concepts of shapes, colors and numbers as well as encouraging early language skills. Above all, we try to instill a sense of independence and self-accomplishment in each child.

Our curriculum’s goals and objectives for toddlers is backed by many years of research for best practices in early childhood education and is aligned with NAEYC Criteria. This includes:

  • To regulate own behavior
  • To feel valued and attached to others
  • To feel competent and proud about what they can do
  • To assert their independence
  • To communicate a broad range of emotions through gestures, sounds, and over time, words
  • To express their feelings in appropriate ways
  • Develop trusting relationships with nurturing adults
  • To show interest in peers
  • To demonstrate caring and cooperation
  • To try roles and relationships through imitation and pretend play
  • To express needs and thoughts using words
  • To respond to verbal and nonverbal commands
  • To communicate through language
  • To develop gross motor skills
  • To develop fine motor skills
  • To coordinate eye and hand movements
  • To develop self-help skills

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 7:00-8:45- Arrival/free play
  • 8:45-9:15- Wash hands/Snack
  • 9:15-9:45- Activity/Diaper change
  • 9:45-10:00- Circle (songs, stories, look who’s here. Each child sits on the shape of the month with their color and first initial. Their color matches their name on the look who’s here chart).
  • 10:00-10-30- Outside/Gross motor
  • 10:30-11:00- Music & movement
  • 11:00-11:30- Wash hands/lunch
  • 11:30-11:45- Story/Diaper change
  • 11:45-2:00- Nap
  • 2:00-2:30- Wash hands/Snack
  • 2:30-3:00- Free play/Diaper change
  • 3:00-3:30- Outside/Gross motor
  • 3:30-4:30-Learning centers
  • 4:30-5:30-Free play/Diapers/Pick-up

PRESCHOOL (3 Years – 4 Years*)

Enrollment Info

Our preschool program offers children a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities. Currently the curriculum in the preschool is based on the idea and principles related to the Project Approach. The Project Approach is a method of teaching in which an in-depth study of a particular topic is conducted by a child or a group of children. The topics involve an abundance of first hand experiences with real objects that children can interact with directly. The skills children learn will be represented in drawings, paintings, sculptures, graphs, music and movement and role-play events. In conjunction with the Project Approach, teachers will facilitate the children’s learning of colors, shapes, numbers 1-20, upper and lower case letters, social skills, emotional growth, gross and fine motor development, early science and math concepts, pre reading skills, and writing. The children will also be taking part in many sensory activities, music, cooking, and activities that promote health, safety and nutrition.

How children feel about themselves is one of our greatest responsibilities. We always maintain a strong focus on teaching children self-respect and self-confidence, along with encouraging empathy towards others, cooperative play with their peers, and problem solving skills that they need to build lasting relationships. There will be a great deal of focus on assisting the children as they learn how to express their own feelings verbally, as well as recognizing the feelings of others.

Providing many opportunities to be self-sufficient and independent through honest recognition and sincere praise, children will gain a positive sense of self. For this reason we will be assisting the children as they learn important life skills, fostering a child’s natural tendency to be autonomous and creating a feeling of internal worth that enables them to welcome challenges and work cooperatively with others.

Additional Classroom Information

Each child will have their own personal binder that can be used by the teachers and parents. Throughout the year we will be collecting your child’s art work and activities documenting their growth. There will be a section for journal entries communicating special events, stories and developmental and emotional milestones reached during the year. Parents are encouraged to look through these binders or even take them home to look at and bring back.
As many of you know, pick up and drop off times can be quite hectic and is often not a good time to chat for more than a minute or so. We strive to keep the children’s learning and wellbeing our top priority and it is hard to successfully manage a classroom full of children and hold a lengthy conversation at the same time. If you have a concern or question that may take up more than a few minutes of time, feel free to e-mail the preschool teachers at prekroom.all@gmail.com. They can return emails at naptime on most days. Parents are always welcome to call if they would like to check in on a child who may have had a hard morning at home or at drop off.
There is a communication board in the entry way on the wall between the cubbies. The teachers will use this to keep you updated on important events and reminders having to do with the classroom and/or school.
Each week the teachers fill out an activity domain chart. The chart is located on the door. The domain chart is a chart that shows you how the activities that the children do during the week encourage learning skill in eight different learning domains including sensory, language & literacy, gross and fine motor, math, science, social studies, art, and music. This is also a great way to keep informed of the activities the children are working on and use as conversation starters when asking the children about their day!
Each child has their own cubby and coat hook which are labeled with their names. Their bedding and extra clothes can be kept in their cubby. There are a lot of children so we ask that you please bring in small back packs so that there is enough room for all the children to hang their belongings. Each child has their own mailbox where we put any work your child did during the day, along with any other information we send to you from the school. Please check your child’s mailbox on daily basis.
Each child must have a complete set of clothes at all times in their cubby inclusive of underwear and socks! This is very important as accidents do occur, and you never know when your child may need a spare item. We also ask that each child bring in a pair of slippers that they can use as desired and if their shoes become soiled.
Lunch boxes are kept on the kitchen counter. We ask that you include an ice pack in their lunch box. The refrigerator is for snack items and is not big enough to accommodate everyone’s lunch boxes. Please pack a variety of healthy food items for your child to choose from each day. We ask that you save sugary items for special occasions only. WE DO ALLOW HEAT-UPS!
At the beginning of each month you will receive a monthly newsletter from Miss Jaimee including happenings in the school, as well as a monthly email from your child’s teachers highlighting the month in your child’s classroom. The monthly newsletter and emails will keep you up to date on the current happenings in our classroom, monthly themes, and curriculum and give you information about any special events that are going on our class and throughout the school.
Progress reports are completed in October, February and May. There will be opportunities for parents to meet with the teachers after the assessments as well as needed or desired throughout the year.

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 7:00-8:45 Drop Off/Free Play
  • 8:45-9:00 Clean Up
  • 9:00-9:10 Get Your Silly’s Out
  • 9:10-9:30 Wash Hands/Snack
  • 9:30-10:00 Morning Meeting/Circle
  • 10:00-10:35 Teacher Directed Learning Activity
  • 10:35-11:05 Child Directed Learning Centers/Potty
  • 11:05-11:15 Clean Up
  • 11:15-12:00 Outside Play/Gross Motor
  • 12:00-12:30 Wash Hands/Eat Lunch
  • 12:30-1:00 Potty/Read Story
  • 1:00-2:30 Nap Time
  • 2:30-3:00 Potty/Wash Hands/Snack
  • 3:00-4:00 Child Directed Learning Centers
  • 4:00-5:00 Outside Play/Gross Motor
  • 5:00-5:30 Story Time/Quiet Activity

PRE-K (4 Years – 5 Years*)

Enrollment Info

We welcome you and your child to Academy of Little Learner’s Pre-K 4 year old classroom! We look forward to spending the next year getting to know your family more. We are excited to play a part in your child’s growth and development and to be a positive influence in their lives.

We offer the children a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities. We understand that every child is different and has his or her own unique interests. We have a lot of fun, hands on learning activities planned for the children this year. The curriculum in our pre-k 4 class is based on preparing the children for kindergarten. Once children begin attending our pre-k 4 classroom they will start using the Everyday Math Preschool Curriculum. We have adopted this math curriculum for a couple of reasons. First, it is the math program York public schools use so it will help the children become acclimated with the ideas and principles incorporated with the Everyday Math system. The second reason is because it is really a fantastic, developmentally appropriate math curriculum with clear learning objectives and hands on activities allowing children to explore math in fun and creative ways. Math concepts explored include shapes, position and special awareness, graphing, measurement, operations and patterns and sorting.

Along with the Everyday Math curriculum, children will be learning and reviewing two letters per month and working on monthly themes where they can incorporate, science, writing and pre-reading skills. The children will also be taking part in sensory activities, music, cooking, and activities that promote health, safety and nutrition reinforcing learning objectives they are being taught.

We understand that preschool is a time of great social-emotional growth. The children will participate in activities where they have plenty of opportunities to work together building positive relationships with their peers. At four years old children begin building deeper, longer lasting friendships. However, there will most likely be some disagreements providing opportunities for children to learn important life skills such as compromise, empathy, patience, friendship and tolerance, thus increasing their self-esteem and helping them to feel empowered.

The last year of preschool is exciting for not only the children but for the teachers as well. Sending well-rounded, happy children off to kindergarten is our main focus and we cannot wait to get started!

Additional Classroom Information

Each child will have their own personal binder that can be used by the teachers and parents. Throughout the year we will be collecting your child’s art work and activities documenting their growth. There will be a section for journal entries communicating special events, stories and developmental and emotional milestones reached during the year. Parents are encouraged to look through these binders or even take them home to look at and bring back.
As many of you know, pick up and drop off times can be quite hectic and is often not a good time to chat for more than a minute or so. We strive to keep the children’s learning and wellbeing our top priority and it is hard to successfully manage a classroom full of children and hold a lengthy conversation at the same time. If you have a concern or question that may take up more than a few minutes of time, feel free to e-mail the preschool teachers at prekroom.all@gmail.com. They can return emails at naptime on most days. Parents are always welcome to call if they would like to check in on a child who may have had a hard morning at home or at drop off.
There is a communication board in the entry way on the wall between the cubbies. The teachers will use this to keep you updated on important events and reminders having to do with the classroom and/or school.
Each week the teachers fill out an activity domain chart. The chart is located on the door. The domain chart is a chart that shows you how the activities that the children do during the week encourage learning skill in eight different learning domains including sensory, language & literacy, gross and fine motor, math, science, social studies, art, and music. This is also a great way to keep informed of the activities the children are working on and use as conversation starters when asking the children about their day!
Each child has their own cubby and coat hook which are labeled with their names. Their bedding and extra clothes can be kept in their cubby. There are a lot of children so we ask that you please bring in small back packs so that there is enough room for all the children to hang their belongings. Each child has their own mailbox where we put any work your child did during the day, along with any other information we send to you from the school. Please check your child’s mailbox on daily basis.
Each child must have a complete set of clothes at all times in their cubby inclusive of underwear and socks! This is very important as accidents do occur, and you never know when your child may need a spare item. We also ask that each child bring in a pair of slippers that they can use as desired and if their shoes become soiled.
Lunch boxes are kept on the kitchen counter. We ask that you include an ice pack in their lunch box. The refrigerator is for snack items and is not big enough to accommodate everyone’s lunch boxes. Please pack a variety of healthy food items for your child to choose from each day. We ask that you save sugary items for special occasions only. WE DO ALLOW HEAT-UPS!
At the beginning of each month you will receive a monthly newsletter from Miss Jaimee including happenings in the school, as well as a monthly email from your child’s teachers highlighting the month in your child’s classroom. The monthly newsletter and emails will keep you up to date on the current happenings in our classroom, monthly themes, and curriculum and give you information about any special events that are going on our class and throughout the school.
Progress reports are completed in October, February and May. There will be opportunities for parents to meet with the teachers after the assessments as well as needed or desired throughout the year.

Typical Daily Schedule

  • 7:00-8:40 Arrival/Free Play
  • 8:40-8:50 Clean Up
  • 8:50-9:00 Get Your Silly’s Out
  • 9:00-9:25 Wash Hands/Snack
  • 9:25-9:50 Morning Meeting/Circle
  • 9:50-11:00 Teacher Directed Learning Activity
  • 11:00-11:15 Clean Up
  • 11:15-12:00 Outside Play/Gross Motor
  • 12:00-12:30 Wash Hands/Eat Lunch
  • 12:30-1:00 Potty/Read Story
  • 1:00-2:15 Nap/Quiet Time
  • 2:15-2:45 Put Mats Away/Snack
  • 2:45-3:00 Story and/or Sing Songs
  • 3:00-4:00 Child Directed Learning Centers
  • 4:00-5:00 Outside Play/Gross Motor
  • 5:00-5:30 Story Time/Quiet Activity

Things Your Child Will Need

Please bring in the following items for your child to keep at school:

  • Sleeping bag/nap blanket
  • Soft toy to snuggle at nap time (if desired)
  • Slippers Full change of clothes
  • Flushable wipes
  • Washable markers Colored pencils Smock (size 10-12 boy’s button down shirts work the best!)
  • Zippered pencil pouch 2 glue sticks
  • One pair of child size safety scissors 
  • 1 ½ inch binder & 50 pack of clear sheet protectors
  • Please bring in about 4 or 5 family pictures. 
  • A bottle of Tylenol or ibuprofen only to be used for emergencies and with parental permission (a medication form must be filled out and signed before any medications can be given to a child).

PLEASE LABEL ALL PERSONAL ITEMS!  The children do not always know or remember what is theirs

Please remember age ranges are for guideline purposes. All children develop at different rates and age is one of many factors used to determine classroom placement for each child.