Our Greatest Asset Is Our Professional Staff
Children benefit most from teachers who are highly qualified and experienced. Equally important, children flourish by developing deep and trusting bonds with their teachers.
Each classroom is headed by two full-time teachers: a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. The lead teacher in each class has a master’s, bachelor’s, or associate’s degree in early childhood education or closely related field. All assistant teachers have at least a high school diploma plus three years’ experience working with children. Over half of the teachers have or are working towards their Pennsylvania state teacher certification in early childhood education.
Children’s Village has low staff turnover. Children’s Village is committed to ensuring that children and their parents enjoy longstanding and meaningful relationships with teachers.
|IN THIS AGE GROUP||THERE IS ONE TEACHER FOR EVERY|
|Toddlers (13–20 mos.)||4 children|
|Toddlers (21 mos.–3 yrs.)||5 children|
|Preschoolers (3, 4 & 5 yrs.)||10 children|
|School-age (5–13 yrs.)||12 children|
Embracing Best Practices To Achieve The Best Outcomes For Each Child
Here is a description of each of our three curriculum-based programs:
The Toddler Program
[13 months – 3 years]
Stories, art projects, music and movement activities, conversation, and neighborhood outings engage the active minds and bodies of toddlers. Educational themes include ‘all about me’, community helpers, transportation, food and markets, animals, and nature. The social-emotional focus throughout The Toddler Program is on the development of self-identity, healthy self-expression, and the independence afforded by beginning mastery of self-care skills.
The Preschool Program
[3- and 4-year olds, and children turning 5 after September 1]
The curriculum introduces the basic skills and concepts reflected in local and national standards. Children’s books inspire the themes that make learning fun for preschoolers. A unit on our bodies and feelings leads to a study of home and family. Exploring friendship includes a look at peaceful problem-solving. Learning about our neighborhood and community extends to a broader awareness of language, culture, and geography world-wide. Children learn scientific method as they observe and research the life cycles of plants and animals.
The study of each theme integrates literacy, math, science, and social studies, with a year-long emphasis on reading and writing skills. Through The Preschool Program’s coordinated thematic study and well-planned classroom learning centers, children actively explore and come to new understandings about themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.
The School-Age Program
[Elementary school children between 5 and 12 years]
The School-Age Program at Children’s Village provides a safe, caring, and academically enriching environment for children after school when school is in session and all day on school holidays and during summer vacation. The School-Age Program provides opportunities for children to further develop interpersonal and social skills while supplementing and supporting the children’s elementary school experiences.
During the school year, the children receive a nutritious dinner and assistance with homework. The year-round program uses a Project Based Learning approach that includes opportunities to explore creative interests and pursue inquiries that arouse curiosity. The program also offers: daily physical exercise, cooking projects, arts and crafts, field trips, story-telling and drama, games, computer-literacy activities, and development of creative conflict-resolution skills.
Student Pick-Up Locations
If your child is attending General George A. McCall Elementary School and you are in need of after-school care, you might be interested that we pick up children on foot from McCall. We take the SEPTA 47 bus if the weather makes the walk unpleasant (or if backpacks are particularly heavy!)
Please note our pick-up locations: McCall on foot and bus; Holy Redeemer School, Chinese Christian Church, FACTS Charter School, and Holy Redeemer School on foot; and Independence Charter by bus and other local schools.
When Children Have Special Needs
To ensure all children succeed in the classroom, our Special Needs Coordinator, a psychologist, works with parents and teachers to help children who have speech, coordination, or other learning difficulties. Children’s Village is able to accept children whose Individualized Education Programs or Individualized Family Service Plans are compatible with our full-class setting. Philadelphia’s public early intervention providers can provide the therapeutic services of a special needs teacher, speech therapist, or other specialist at Children’s Village.
Encouraging Life-Long Learners and Readers: Our PNC GROW UP GREAT Library
Children can choose books from among the 3,000 titles in our on-site library. Children enjoy story time hosted by our part-time Librarian. Preschool and school-age children can borrow books every week and share them with their families. Many books are written in English and Chinese as well as other languages. Students who borrow books from the library on a regular basis are better readers, writers, and researchers, no matter how old they are!
Children’s Village Adheres To The Best Practice Standards In The Field:
Pennsylvania Child Care Licensing Legislation
Children’s Village is licensed as a child day care program by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Licensing regulations set the health and safety standards and minimum policy and procedure requirements for child day care programs in the state of Pennsylvania.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC sets best practice standards for the field of early childhood education above and beyond the minimum state licensing guidelines. This professional organization offers a voluntary accreditation process addressing ten program standards and accreditation criteria, including curriculum, teacher-child interactions, and parent-staff relationships. Children’s Village has been NAEYC accredited continuously since 1996.
Keystone STARS Performance Standards for Centers
Three different Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) — one for infant and toddler classrooms, one for preschool classrooms, and one for school-age programs, assess educational quality for Pennsylvania’s STAR ratings at Children’s Village. Each ERS is divided into criteria that asses the respective program’s physical environment, health and safety procedures, materials, interpersonal relationships, and opportunities for learning and development. Administrative policies and procedures also are thoroughly reviewed. Children’s Village has continuously earned the highest STAR 4A rating.
Head Start services are provided to income-eligible families enrolled at Children’s Village. Many requirements of Head Start programs are already met in a high-quality preschool setting, but additional features of Head Start include home visits by the teacher, a family interview and family partnership agreement, parent participation in the program, and stepped-up monitoring of children’s health and growth in all developmental areas.
Pre-K Counts is preschool education under the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Pre-K Counts programs must meet high standards related to teacher education and expertise. The curriculum must be designed to help children grow academically and socially. Teachers are required to review children’s progress and choose teaching and learning activities that are best for each child.
The National After-School Association (NAA)
NAA establishes best practice standards for programs dedicated to elementary children during out-of-school hours. It is Children’s Village’s goal to comply with NAA standards and achieve accreditation.
Core Standards for Philadelphia Youth Programs
The School-Age Program follows the Core Standards for Philadelphia’s Youth Programs.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Children’s Village participates in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP establishes basic nutrition requirements for meals served to children in early childhood programs and schools.