Preschool Education

Footsteps Infants

Overview:
Our Infant program is tailored to offer the most individualized care in a group setting. We partner with parents to follow the routine their infant is accustomed to at home, and we implement this familiarity into our classroom environment. We provide individualized lesson plans for each infant to improve cognitive, emotional and motor skills. We provide daily summary sheets for each infant to let parents know each aspect about their child’s day. Footsteps offers the best care and love for our infants and their parents.

Curriculum:
During the first year of life, an infant’s brain is busy building brain connections through everyday experiences and interactions. The more activities you provide, the more connections are made. Our infant curriculum enables our caregivers and parents to help build brain connections for infants at every turn.

Each infant curriculum kit actively engages and stimulates infants through social interactions: talking, playing, moving, singing, reading and signing. The activities are integrated across all areas of development — physical, emotional, social and cognitive. The activities promote language development, a sense of self, sensory awareness, self-help skills and much more.

To provide activities appropriate for the varying development stages of an infant, our curriculum divides activities specific to each three-month interval during the first year of life.

Our infants receive American Sign Language instruction on a daily basis. Signing is an amazing way infants can communicate prior to having verbal skills. Infants develop the fine muscles in their hands prior to those required for speech, so they’re equipped to communicate before they can speak. What’s more, signing can lessen frustration and outbursts because infants can immediately communicate their wants and needs.

Infants also partake in infant yoga daily to help work self awareness and motor skills. Yoga supports neuromuscular development, body awareness and self-confidence. It also familiarizes the infant with relaxation techniques. Infant yoga is supported by research that shows that brain connections are built by engaging infants in interactive experiences that involve sensory, motor and social explorations.

A weekly learning plan is posted outside the classroom detailing learning activities for each infant every day at Footsteps.

Electronic updates, photos, and daily reports are sent to the parent’s email each day to communicate about the child’s day and pertinent information as needed.

Footsteps Junior Toddlers

Overview:
Toddlers need space to move, grow and learn, and activities to express their own independence. A well-designed toddler environment allows a stage for success. Our Junior Toddler program does just that by focusing on teaching and interacting with a purpose. Our toddler classroom environment is age-appropriate and safe, and one that fosters the development of motor and cognitive skills, as well as social and emotional growth. Our Junior Toddlers’ experience is individualized and flexible. We provide daily summary sheets for each toddler to let parents know each aspect about their child’s day.

Curriculum:
The emergent learning process we use is greatly apparent in our Junior Toddler curriculum. Integrated in the curriculum is expanding a child’s knowledge and understanding by building from what a child already knows or has experienced. It also transforms everyday routines into playful learning moments. Our curriculum supports active learning through hands-on play and exploration. It also offers our teachers the ability to take one planned activity and achieve multiple learning objectives by individualizing the classroom activity based on the skill levels of each child.

Our curriculum also involves sign language instruction on a daily basis. Signing is an amazing way toddlers can communicate prior to having verbal skills. Toddlers develop the fine muscles in their hands prior to those required for speech, so they’re equipped to communicate before they can speak. What’s more, signing can lessen frustration and outbursts because toddlers can immediately communicate their wants and needs.

Junior Toddlers also partake in yoga daily to foster confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, and well-being. Yoga with toddlers supports neuromuscular development and body awareness. It also teaches relaxation techniques, as well as stretching and other exercises that are age appropriate for a toddler’s stage in development. Yoga is supported by research that shows that brain connections are built by engaging toddlers in interactive experiences that involve sensory, motor and social explorations.

Junior Toddler assessments are conducted twice per year – enabling parents and teachers to have a balanced look at a child’s abilities and potential areas of improvement. To focus on a child’s specific needs and skills, we allow for individualized instruction and various activities as part of our curriculum.

A weekly learning plan is posted outside the classroom detailing learning activities for each toddler every day at Footsteps.

Electronic updates, photos, and daily reports are sent to the parent’s email each day to communicate about the child’s day and pertinent information as needed.

Footsteps Senior Toddlers

Overview:
Our Senior Toddler classroom is one of our two year old classes. This class supports the “can-do” attitude of this age group and uses their natural curiosity for hands-on activities. We focus on emerging language skills in this classroom. Children are taught not only words to communicate effectively, but also how to problem solve. Potty training is a main focal point of this classroom. We patiently aid two year olds in learning the steps needed to become independent and graduate out of diapers and onto the next level.

Curriculum:
Our goal is for Senior Toddlers to become competent and eager learners. Our two year old curriculum provides a rich learning environment that expands vocabulary and broadens self-regulation skills. We use emergent learning to support growing independence. We provide a unique balance of classroom support materials, family connection components, and easy-to-understand strategies so that our teachers can put it all together and create an exciting and enriching learning environment needed for children to flourish.

Our emergent learning approach is focused on each Senior Toddler’s unique needs and interests. Using comprehensive learning objectives, we deliver daily activities that have a main topic — but are purposefully guided to meet an individualized goal for each child. To guide our teaching and adapt to each child’s interest and existing knowledge, we also gather background information and child input on a topic we’re set to study. This allows for individualized instruction, and an interest driven, integrated learning experience for each child.

This age group also partakes in yoga daily to foster confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and well-being. Yoga with two year olds supports neuromuscular development and body awareness. It also teaches relaxation techniques, as well as stretching and other exercises that are age appropriate for a two year olds stage in development. Research shows that brain connections are built by engaging two year olds in interactive experiences that involve sensory, motor and social explorations.

We are environmentally conscious at Footsteps, and support “Keep the City Beautiful.” We have daily, weekly and monthly recycling activities that go well beyond simple waste separation. Our program teaches our Senior Toddlers different ways to recycle and how to be environmentally responsible. Our hope is that children share their excitement and knowledge about being “green” with their parents – and they too will take steps to protecting our environment whenever and wherever possible.

Social skills are equally as important to success in life as academic skills. When children are respectful, kind, polite and honest — they develop character. Moreover, teaching children what behavior to model and what’s expected of them is a daily process. That’s where our Etiquette program comes into play – a program we provide in partnership with parents to teach children manners and appropriate behavior.

Assessments for Senior Toddlers are conducted twice per year – enabling parents and teachers to have a balanced look at a child’s abilities and potential areas of improvement. To focus on a child’s specific needs and skills, we allow for individualized instruction and various activities as part of our curriculum.

A weekly learning plan is posted outside the classroom detailing learning activities for each two year old every day at Footsteps.

Electronic updates, photos, and daily reports are sent to the parent’s email each day to communicate about the child’s day and pertinent information as needed.

Footsteps Junior Preschool

Overview:
Our Junior Preschool classroom is one of our two year old classes. This class supports the “can-do” attitude of this age group and uses their natural curiosity for hands-on activities. We focus on emerging language skills in this classroom. Children are taught not only words to communicate effectively, but also how to problem solve. Potty training is a main focal point of this classroom. We patiently aid two year olds in learning the steps needed to become independent and graduate out of diapers and onto the next level.

Curriculum:
Our goal is for our Junior Preschoolers to become competent and eager learners. Our two year old curriculum provides a rich learning environment that expands vocabulary and broadens self-regulation skills. We use emergent learning to support growing independence. We provide a unique balance of classroom support materials, family connection components, and easy-to-understand strategies so that our teachers can put it all together and create an exciting and enriching learning environment needed for children to flourish.

Our emergent learning approach is focused on each Junior Preschooler’s unique needs and interests. Using comprehensive learning objectives, we deliver daily activities that have a main topic — but are purposefully guided to meet an individualized goal for each child. To guide our teaching and adapt to each child’s interest and existing knowledge, we also gather background information and child input on a topic we’re set to study. This allows for individualized instruction, and an interest driven, integrated learning experience for each child.

This age group also partakes in yoga daily to foster confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and well-being. Yoga with two year olds supports neuromuscular development and body awareness. It also teaches relaxation techniques, as well as stretching and other exercises that are age appropriate for a two year olds stage in development. Research shows that brain connections are built by engaging two year olds in interactive experiences that involve sensory, motor and social explorations.

We are environmentally conscious at Footsteps, and we support “Keep the City Beautiful.” We have daily, weekly and monthly recycling activities that go well beyond simple waste separation. Our program teaches our Junior Preschoolers different ways to recycle and how to be environmentally responsible. Our hope is that children share their excitement and knowledge about being “green” with their parents – and they too will take steps to protecting our environment whenever and wherever possible.

Social skills are equally as important to success in life as academic skills. When children are respectful, kind, polite and honest — they develop character. Moreover, teaching children what behavior to model and what’s expected of them is a daily process. That’s where our Etiquette program comes into play – a program we provide in partnership with parents to teach children manners and appropriate behavior.

We also provide a fun and rewarding Spanish curriculum that immerses our Junior Preschoolers in a second language through a combination of multi-sensory and technology components. Young minds are geared toward language development, and children in this age group have the greatest capacity to learn a new language

Assessments for Junior Preschoolers are conducted twice a year – enabling parents and teachers to have a balanced look at a child’s abilities and potential areas of improvement. To focus on a child’s specific needs and skills, we allow for individualized instruction and various activities as part of our curriculum.

A weekly learning plan is posted outside the classroom detailing learning activities for each two year old every day at Footsteps.

Electronic updates, photos, and daily reports are sent to the parent’s email each day to communicate about the child’s day and pertinent information as needed.

Health and Safety

We provide an extremely sanitary and safe environment for our toddlers. A hand-washing sink is in a separate vestibule area outside the classroom. All visitors are required to wash their hands prior to entry to deter germs from entering the classroom.

We have diaper-changing stations that are forward-facing to the classroom. This allows the teachers to change a child’s diaper while never having their back to the classroom. With the high number of diaper changes that occur per day, this setup enables teachers to both change a diaper and monitor the classroom at the same time. To make the process more sanitary, eliminate odor and control contamination, we even have an exhaust mechanism built into our diaper disposal system.

We have installed an air conditioning filtration system that pulls and circulates fresh, clean air throughout the building.

An age-appropriate, fully fenced in outdoor playground for our toddlers provides them with an opportunity for physical activity while foster the development of gross -motor and social skills.

Our hand-washing sinks in the classrooms and bathrooms come with automatic water and soap-dispensing capabilities to decrease cross contamination of germs.

Closed circuit cameras in the classroom can be viewed from the specialized Footsteps Parent Lounge at the front of the building. A specialized fingerprint entry secures the visitors entering the building.

A separate Tender Loving Care (TLC) room provides a place for a sick child to be removed from the classroom until a parent arrives to pick up his or her child. This eliminates further spread of sickness in the classrooms.