For a child to grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually requires a well-balanced, developmentally appropriate program that promotes self-confidence and self-esteem. We understand that each child is unique, with particular needs and interests. But we also understand the importance of teamwork. Therefore, all of our programs are designed to stimulate curiosity and individuality, while building a strong sense of collaboration and cooperation.
At Care-a-lot, we also understand that children learn best through hands-on, active participation. We offer activity choices with a theme approach to learning that excites and motivates children to become educationally curious. Our curriculum follows the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
We know that much of your children’s learning takes place during the time they play. Whether it’s singing, romping outdoors, dressing up, telling and reading stories, dancing, building with blocks, or experimenting with paints, paste or puzzles, children learn through every opportunity offered at Care-a-lot.
Infants: 6 Weeks to 18 Months
Your baby is welcomed into a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment, with individual attention and care given to his or her personal needs. We even provide diapers to lighten your load! Our goal is to give you peace of mind, while we care for your baby in a warm, caring and engaging environment. Basic American Sign Language, physical, sensory and social activities are encouraged as your infant develops. As parents often note, our staff “…gladly get down and play or give a child a snuggle,” just like home.
Toddlers: 18 months to 3 years
As older infants grow into avid, independent explorers, we provide the mental and physical stimuli that will help your child develop, while ensuring that their exploration occurs in healthy and safe surroundings. Your child will participate in well-supervised, small-group activities that encourage his or her natural curiosity and insatiable interest for trying new things. Diapers are also provided for toddlers; however, as they progress in age, positive support for accomplishing self-help skills prepares them for our preschool program.
Preschoolers: 3 to 5 years
Our preschool program features a hands-on learning environment for active bodies and curious minds. We build upon children’s social and motor skills, adding theme-based academic learning through play (the natural method in which children learn). Stimulating group activities, peer interactions, and individual learning opportunities prepare children for Kindergarten. Children have free expression in art and music. Art displays of children’s creations are a key component to our center environment!
Universal Pre-K (UPK): 4 Years, Part-Day
Care-a-lot Child Care has been chosen by the Greece, Henrietta and Canandaigua School Districts to offer the NYS Universial Pre-Kindergarten program. Apply through your school district to join us for this enriching opportunity! Wrap-around care is also available for a full-day learning experience.
Kindergartners: 5 years
Care-a-lot’s Henrietta center offers a full-day Kindergarten program that follows the NYS Department of Education, as well as the Henrietta School District curriculum. The full-day program offers a more relaxed and enhanced learning time. This caring and enriching environment is designed to develop the social, emotional, physical, and mental growth of each child in preparation for first grade.
School Agers: 5 to 12 years
Care-a-lot provides school age children with the care and guidance they need before and after school, as well as during school vacations and summer. Children assist in planning and choosing their own activities. They are also welcome to use our secure computer facilities to enhance or continue their learning. During our summer camp, children enjoy special weekly events and field trips!