Infants, Toddlers, Two’s and Preschool
At The Sandbox Early Childhood Learning Center, we provide an enriched, child-oriented environment where children feel safe while being allowed to take risks, an environment that encourages their creativity and imagination, a curriculum that challenges and makes them use their minds to solve problems in social situations and cognitive areas. We provide an environment where children can explore and discover for themselves the wonders of the world around them, where they learn respect and are respected as individuals, no matter how small.
We have many activities set up for children, both indoors and outdoors. Inside we have puzzles, computers, quiet areas, music and movement areas, blocks, and books. We have two outside play areas with swings, water tables, sandboxes, bikes and wagons, porches, sand painting, tree houses with slides, tunnels, two swimming pools, a self-propelled merry-go-round, lots of space and shade. The child and the environment make up our program as we weave our way through topics of interest. Children are separated according to age groups in outdoor area.
We provide a warm and welcoming environment that supports our infants’ growth and development. We use primary care, assigning staff to each infant in order to build positive and trusting relationships and to meet their individual needs. We only take eight full-time infants from three months to 12 months and walking. As space becomes available when a baby moves up to the Toddler/Two Program, slots are filled and guaranteed often 3-8 months ahead. Our Waiting List for the Infant Program is usually used to fill unexpected slot openings. The hours for the Infant Program are from 7:00-5:30, 1/2 hour later in the morning and 1/2 hour earlier in the evening from all the other programs.
Pre-K and After School Programs
The Sandbox Clubhouse is divided into three activity centers. The M&M has the blocks, dramatic play, music, computers, and science. In the Discovery Room, the children work on their math and reading readiness skills, circle time, games, and puzzles. The Art Studio allows children to create and experiment. Pre-K children go on a variety of scheduled field trips throughout the year. Our Pre-K program provides opportunities to for a child to development the skills needed for kindergarten and beyond. More than the usual day care or preschools, we focus on education. We also have a magnificent, tree-shaded outside play area, a swimming pool, and a covered rock climbing area.