Our Programs

Overview

 

At Premier Early Learning Center, your child will build a solid social and  educational foundation — with all the fun of being a child mixed  in!   We are more than a daycare. Our childcare and early education  programs focus on school readiness, social and emotional development,  literacy, problem solving and other necessary life skills.


Programs by age group

Infants (4 weeks to 12 mo.)​

 We believe the best way to help infants  grow into curious and confident life learners is to provide a warm,  nurturing, safe and secure environment. Our infant classroom is equipped  with age appropriate materials and furniture to enable our infants to  explore their surroundings safely, discover new experiences and grow  confidently. 


Our infants will utilize indoor playground or take an  outdoor stroll in one of our buggies!Premier  Early Learning Center maintains lower teacher/child ratios than state  licensing standards require, which allow our infants to receive more  individualized care. The meal time and napping schedules will remain  consistent with each individual infant’s routine and will be adapted as  needed. 


Our teachers will work with infants on basic sign language to  assist infants in communicating their needs. Parents will be provided  with a daily report regarding their child’s day.Infant day is packed with activities that focus on six main development areas:​


Social and Emotional Development

  • form an attachment to familiar adults
  • begin to interact with other children
  • express some emotions through sounds, facial expressions and movements
  • nurturing environment that focuses on love and trust
  • Executive Function
  • focus attention for short periods of time·       work on early memory skills
  • use different approaches to solve simple problems


Physical Development

  • tummy time for muscle development
  • rolling over and crawling
  • reaching for and  grasping objects
  • sit up
  • stand with support
  • Language and Literacy
  • early attempts at speaking
  • use sounds and gestures to express needs, wants, and interests
  • begin to understand some new words by listening, observing, and engaging
  • exposure to basic sign language to maximize communication skills
  • exposure to book reads, rhymes, songs and musical instruments

Cognitive Development

  • use five senses to explore and observe
  • mimic simple actions


Creative Expression

  • explore variety of textures
  • paint using various mediums
  • use of music and musical instruments​ 



Toddlers

PELC's toddler rooms were developed so that the children are able to move  around safely and freely whether to play with blocks, push a toy, ride a  tricycle or play on the climber. Teachers engage the children with  stories, book reads and silly songs to help their language, imagination  and creativity grow! 


Everyday children will be exposed to music and  literacy which support rich vocabulary development! Teachers will  continue to work with children on basic sign language skills. This will  assist nonverbal children to communicate with teachers and other  children to convey their needs. 


The activities and socialization that  occurs throughout the day will help children build and strengthen their  cognitive skills, language skills, self-esteem and develop confidence.Toddler day is packed with activities that focus on six main development areas:​


Social and Emotional Development

  • interact with familiar adults and children
  • demonstrates empathy Executive Function
  • may follow simple rules
  • observe and attempt to imitate action
  • may attempt to control impulse

Physical Development

  • walking, begin to run
  • throw ball
  • Language and Literacy
  • imitate behaviors (turning page, holding book)
  • express needs
  • label an object
  • explore writing

Cognitive Development

  • sort and classify with assistance
  • identify an object
  • use descriptive words (up, down)
  • explore cause and effect

Creative Expression

  • create using variety of art medias (paint, playdough, markers…)
  • build social skills



​Twos (2 years to 3 years)

 

Social and Emotional Development

  • interact with new people
  • share and take turns  
  • Executive Function
  • complete simple task
  •  begin to follow simple rules independently
  •   longer attention span than before  


Physical Development

  • understand and follow basic health and safety routines
  •  increased control of their extremities
  •  may begin to jump and hop  



Language and Literacy

  • use more words to express needs
  • ask and answer simple questions
  • start to understand that drawing and writing are ways to communicate  


Cognitive Development

  • explore simple addition and subtraction using songs
  • begin to identify simple shapes
  • begin to count  


Creative Expression

  • experiment with different art medias
  • explore theme related dramatic play materials and props (to enhance use of thematic oral language or new vocabulary)


​Preschool (3 years)

 

Premier  Early Learning Center provides a warm, nurturing, and happy environment  for your three year-old to learn and practice important early academic  skills. The classroom is divided into 7 center areas that allow children  to learn through hands on interaction and opportunity to manipulate  learning materials. 

The daily schedule for Preschool allows for Circle  Time (whole group), small group and center time. Teachers use  intentional teaching approaches to encourage children to ask questions,  experiment with new materials, solve problems, and learn social skills.  

The children are exposed to kinder readiness skills such as phonological  awareness, letter knowledge, math, written expression and language  development through a variety of activities such as identifying  syllables in their name, distinguishing how many words in a sentence or  that we write from left to right.  


Preschool (3 years) day is packed with activities that focus on six main development areas:


Social and Emotional Development

  • build relationships with familiar adults
  • build relationships with other children
  •  increased self control



Executive Function

  • increased attention span
  • examine new objects or situations more intensely
  • increased self control

 

Physical Development

  •  improved coordination
  •  increased independence with self-care skills
  •  identify healthy and unhealthy foods


 

Language and Literacy

  • increase use of oral language
  • identify up to ten letters
  • begin to identify the first sound in a word
  • recognize own name
  • attempt to write name


Cognitive Development

  • connect number words and numerals
  • engage in pretend play alone or with others
  • participate in teacher led scientific experiments

 

Creative Expression

  • create detailed artwork
  • play movement games
  • act out scenarios from books
  • repeat actions from story or song

​Pre K (4 years – 5 years)

 

Our Preschool teacher and Pre K teacher work closely together to  better serve the needs of your children. In our Preschool, children are  exposed to many kinder readiness concepts. Transitioning into Pre K, the  children come with background knowledge of these concepts which include  print concepts, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, mathematic  concepts and book print knowledge. The Pre K 4-5 teacher will build on  these experiences from Preschool. 

The  teachers provide a variety of experiences that foster the children’s  ability to attend to and participate in group discussions, follow  multi-step directions, and follow through with classroom routines and  responsibilities. The children are part of a caring classroom community  where they are able to freely and confidently explore, discover and  grow!  

PELC provides children the confidence and experiences necessary to enable a seamless and successful transition to kindergarten. 

Preschool (4-5 years) day is packed with activities that focus on six main development areas:


 

Social and Emotional Development

  • demonstrate an ability to resolve conflicts using words
  • seek out interactions with adults and children
  • routinely share, take turns, and interact with other children in a respectful and helpful manner
  • recognize and accept similarities and differences among people


Executive Function

  • recalls background knowledge
  • participates in more challenging activities
  • displays empathy
  • participates and helps to develop a plan with others



Physical Development

  • more coordination of body movements
  • use scissors to cut simple shapes
  • use of writing utensils


Language and Literacy 

  • use of descriptive words when telling story
  • retell a familiar story with the beginning, middle, and end
  • writes own name and other letters
  • makes drawings and describes


Cognitive Development

  • create simple patterns and arrange objects according to size
  • perform simple addition and subtraction
  • use background knowledge to predict outcomes 


Creative Expression

  • create detailed art using various media materials
  • follow multi-step directions as stated in a song
  • participate in a variety of musical or movement experiences

Preschool and Pre K Classroom Environment

 

Each  classroom is divided into 7 learning centers that are equipped with  age-appropriate materials, art supplies, writing materials, books and  other play materials that promote language, literacy and math  development. As children select learning centers and play, they are  practicing taking care of their classroom and toys while learning how to  cooperate and share with other children. The children will be  introduced to a center management system which will allow them to manage  themselves. Children may move from one center to another center using  their individual nametag after they have cleaned up their toys.   Children are also learning about patience and handling their emotions  too!

During  daily center time, each child has the opportunity to choose a center,  communicate their choice to the teacher and play in selected area. As  they play, children are using what they have learned and implementing it  whether it be using new vocabulary words or sorting by small, medium  and large. During center time as the children are engaged in centers,  the teacher will work with a 1-2 small groups of children to elaborate  on a concept or skill. During daily Circle Time, the teacher will plan  for structured whole group activities to include book reads, writing  activities, reviewing concepts, introducing curriculum topic,  introducing and reviewing new vocabulary, practice counting, identifying  and describing shapes and patterns.  

Curriculum (3 years to 5 years)

 

The  Preschool and Pre K class curriculum is Scholastic Big Day for Pre K, a  proven research based comprehensive early childhood education program.   Big Day prepares preschool children for kindergarten through  intentional and engaging learning opportunities that build the necessary  foundations in essential learning domains. Social Emotional is  integrated into the curriculum helping children build social competence  skills, improved self-control, and to form relationships with their  teachers and peers.

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STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities will be integrated into the curriculum.

School age – 5 to 12

 

Before / After School Programs

Our school age program provides a safe, supervised environment  for your child to start and end the school day. We offer homework help,  supervised activities, snack and child directed play in a friendly and  clean environment! So while you’re at work, your child is safe,  productive and having fun!

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and Technology Lab


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We maintain an extensive Teacher Resource Library with over 4,000  specially curated books, games and activities.