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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum and Approach to Education

The first teachers children have are their parents. So when parents choose Children’s Village to help educate their child, it’s an honor we take very seriously. At heart, our philosophy is that children learn best through play, and it’s therefore critical to provide them with a safe, responsive, and loving environment in which to do it.

We also provide structure. At each stage of development, Children’s Village teaches kids by using age-appropriate methods to help them grow. For example, at the youngest ages, our primary focus is to help children develop healthy social and emotional interactions. As children grow from infancy to toddlerhood, our teachers build on their skills to help foster independence and curiosity. And as they enter preschool, we place further emphasis on the whole child and on preparing them to start school.

Throughout all of this, we are in continual communication with each child’s parents and family. We share accomplishments, moments of joy, and excitement, making sure families feel just as engaged in the learning process as their children.

It’s a child-first approach to early education that truly makes a difference. If you’d like to learn more, or visit our childcare centers, contact us today.

Helping Our Students Grow Through Play

We take play pretty seriously. It’s how children learn, and what helps them grow. Play teaches social skills, coordination, and critical thought. The best way to help kids reach their full potential is by giving them a safe, loving place they can play.

But that, in and of itself, is not enough. We also recognize that children need a little guidance. Through Creative Curriculum, our teachers learn how they can enhance learning through the daily play of children while matching their efforts to students’ developmental needs. Every child at Children’s Village is encouraged to play, grow, and learn.

We love our students, and we love to see them thrive. If this seems like the right place for your child, contact us to learn more.

Daily Rhythms

At Children’s Village, our unique, play-based model is balanced by daily rhythms that provide your child with routine and structure.

Drop-off: Saying goodbye can be the hardest part of the day for children (and parents!). Whether your child skips through the door, or takes a little longer to settle in, our high teacher-to-child ratio means every child is warmly welcomed and immediately engaged in the classroom. Along with your child’s comfort, we also prioritize their safety. Upon arriving at our facility, you’ll find all classrooms childproofed and doors securely locked.

Snack time: Snacks comprised of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are provided every morning and afternoon, ensuring children are happy and fueled for a day of play. Children’s Village follows Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines to offer food that is nutritious, balanced, and age appropriate. We’re also happy to accommodate any special dietary needs or preferences. Maintaining the health of our children is essential, so our staff washes the hands of each child before every snack and meal.

Download a sample menu here.

Naptime: Whether it’s an actual nap for our infants and toddlers, or quiet time for our twos through pre-K, this supervised period gives children a chance to unwind in a safe, quiet, and comfortable environment. We know downtime can look different for each child, so we’re committed to accommodating the specific type of rest your child needs. This midday block serves to balance play and prepare children emotionally and physically for an afternoon of activities.

Pick-up: For your security, only pre-approved individuals are authorized to pick up a child. During pick-up, our teachers update you on your child’s growth in the classroom and ensure your child is looking forward to their next day at Children’s Village. For students in kindergarten through fourth grade, we also offer before- and after-school programs and transportation to most Decatur Township elementary schools.