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Programs

Early Childhood Program

Our Early Childhood Program provides early education and care for children ages 2 through 6 years. We maintain a low adult/child ratio. Our program utilizes the High/Scope Educational Model and developmentally appropriate practices of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

 

The Creative Curriculum

 

Active Learning

Children are involved in direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, ideas, and events. While teachers share control and initiative with children, they are guided by 58 key experiences that all children need to have as part of their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.

 

Adult-Child Interaction

Adults observe and interact with children at their level to discover how each child thinks and reasons. Adults interact with children in ways that empower children to take control of their own learning.

 

Learning Environment

Classroom furniture and equipment are arranged in several clearly defined interest areas that enable children to find, use, and return the materials they need in order to explore, invent, and learn about their world.

 

Assessment

High/Scope teachers regularly record notes on children’s behaviors, experiences, and interests. They use these notes to assess each child’s development and to plan activities that will facilitate their growth and development. They also use these notes in parent meetings to help parents better understand their children’s development.

 

Family Involvement Opportunities

Food Service

 

Nutrition Program

Our program serves a nourishing breakfast and afternoon snack. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Family Nutrition Bureau monitors our menus. All children will be offered the same meals without physical segregation or other discriminatory action against any child because of race, color, age, national origin, sex, or handicap. A monthly menu is posted at the Children’s Center. In the event that your child has a documented allergy, an alternative can be provided or other arrangements can be made with the family.

 

Lunch

Families are responsible for providing a lunch for their child. We have a refrigerator and microwave available in all classrooms. We provide milk at lunch. If you choose to include juice in your child’s lunch, it must be a 100% juice product. We will substitute milk or water for any beverage that is not a 100% juice product. Please read labels carefully!

 

Field Trip Policy

The Children’s Center does not participate in any field trips off of the New Mexico Tech campus. All field trips in which children and staff do participate are "walking" field trips on campus. At no time will children be transported in any vehicle for a field trip.

 

Training Programs

To improve the quality of early childhood care and education, New Mexico Tech Children’s Center cooperates with qualified child development training programs. We limit the number of non-obtrusive observers, field experience students, or other visitors to our programs. We strive to facilitate training in ways that are the least disruptive to children’s experiences in our programs. We will not permit or participate in training programs that could in any way hinder the education, development, or well-being of children. Family’s rights to confidentiality will be upheld at all times.

All visitors are required to sign our Visitor Registry.

 

Rest Time

In our Early Childhood Program, we have a rest time from approximately 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. The Children’s Center provides children with a cot for rest time. To make your child more comfortable, you are asked to bring a crib-size fitted sheet, small blanket, and pillow. All items should be marked with your child’s name. The Children’s Center will launder bedding weekly.

During this quiet time, children are read stories and listen to quiet music. Children who do not sleep will rest for 45 minutes and then be allowed to get up and do quiet activities, such as puzzles, books, etc., for the remainder of the rest time. We determine which children must nap according to the individual needs of the child and the guidelines set by New Mexico State Child Care licensing regulations. 

 

Recreational Swimming

The Children’s Center is fortunate to have access to New Mexico Tech Swim Center’s facilities. We routinely schedule recreational Swim Days for the children. When weather permits, staff members take children in the older pre-k/k class swimming at the Swim Center. Parents/guardians will be notified of Swim Days. We ask that you provide advance notice if you do not want your child to participate. Please be sure that your child keeps a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen at the Children’s Center for our Swim Days.

Use of the New Mexico Tech Swim Center is a privilege. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the children to follow Swim Center rules and be respectful to employees.

Our younger preschool class enjoys water play in a wading pool on hot summer days. Please provide a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen for these splish-splashy days.

 

Admission Policy

Children of New Mexico Tech students and employees as well as children of community members are eligible to enroll in our programs. As an opening becomes available, priority will first be given to New Mexico Tech students, then to employees of New Mexico Tech, and finally to community members. Attendance begins and/or continues as long as you and/or your child meet the following requirements:

  • You have submitted a completed application packet and paid the non-refundable registration fee.
  • You have been interviewed and understand the program goals.
  • Your child meets the age requirements.
  • Your child’s immunizations are current and records have been submitted or you have a Certificate of Exemption on file.
  • She/he can age-appropriately control her/his actions and does not exhibit behavior that could be dangerous to herself/himself, other children, or Children’s Center personnel.
  • You have read the Family Handbook and agree in writing to comply with the policies and procedures outlined therein.

 

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