For infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, CDM follows the WestEd Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) approach to programming. We know that babies come into the world wired for learning, yet vulnerable. In safe, secure, and nurturing environments, children are given ample time and appropriate materials to explore and become learners for life.
With preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, we are committed to providing teaching that is age and developmentally appropriate. We know that young children learn best through play, building knowledge on real life experiences in meaningful ways. Activities may be drawn from existing preschool curriculum (All About Preschoolers by Cryer, et al) or teachers may create their own activities in response to children’s interests. As preschoolers build knowledge in secure environments–branching out into the community around them– they develop a love for learning. Research-based assessments are done routinely for planning and referral, if necessary. Parent conferences are held twice a year or more, if needed.
School-age children are offered a structured, yet relaxed, experience. We know that students who have been in the classroom all day need choices and freedom with responsibility. With engaging activities, small groups, and time for homework, CDM’s school-age children enjoy a high quality after-school program. Summer Camp allows school-age children a well-supervised, well-planned day with activities, field trips, and exploration that emphasize respect for others, community awareness, and community service.
In all programs, social and emotional development is an important component of curriculum. Research tells us that social and emotional learning leads to success in school and beyond, to success in life.