Dedicated to Making a Difference
At Early Childhood Development Associates, we are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of infants, young children, and their families. We believe that first relationships are the most important.
Our Workshops and Groups
Support. Discussion. Education. Development.
Our groups are professionally led by licensed therapists and infant and child development specialists. We offer both daytime and after school programs.
We serve newborns, babies, toddlers, little kids and big kids!
We are now enrolling for Preschool Prep beginning September 3rd!
Our Preschool Prep classes meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 hours (9-11AM). Curriculum is written by Pat Joseph Thomas, PhD from the Center for Early Education. Marilee Hartling RN, MFT is the director of this program. All teachers have master’s degrees and are specializing in early childhood development. Preschool Prep is a tuition based, play-based class for toddlers which prepares them for preschool success. A gentle separation process is supported as the school year progresses and children are ready. Curriculum is tailored for the needs of each age group.
The Preschool Prep program promotes play-based learning and parent connection. There is a new theme each week with a new sensory experience as well as an art activity that promotes the development of fine motor skills. Children can choose from a variety of activity centers in our playroom which are all thoughtfully designed to promote your child’s development while he/she play and has fun.
The Preschool Prep Program has a parenting component. Parents/caregivers meet in the parenting room next to the playroom for parent discussion and a time to connect. The door between the 2 rooms remains open for the first semester so that toddlers who need to check in with their caregiver can do so and then return to the playroom with their supportive teachers. When toddlers are ready during second semester the door will be closed with caregivers nearby. Each week there is a new parenting topic for discussion which is facilitated using a supporting and educational tone. Topics include discipline, sleep (or lack of sleep), mindful parenting, tantrums, potty training, and how to choose a preschool. Parenting hand-outs for each topic are emailed prior to class. Parents of caregivers are welcome to bring in their own questions and concerns. Preschool Prep parents form a close connection and community during the school year which serves as a supportive parenting village that lasts far beyond the year they spend together.