The Child Development Ministry’s Infant program is based on WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care: “Good infant care is neither baby-sitting nor preschool. It is a special kind of care that resembles no other.” Our program philosophy emphasizes that infants are born wired for learning, yet vulnerable. Infants have individual needs that must be met in respectful ways within the context of nurturing, responsive relationships.
Our program’s goal for infants is:
- to build and maintain nurturing relationships with infants, giving them time, support, and engaging environments for exploring.
Infants’ brain connections are growing at a rapid rate, so hearing and exploring language are vital during these early years. Care-giving routines provide many teachable moments during the day especially in language, as talking and listening take place between child and care teacher.
Developmentally and age-appropriate spaces and explorations, in the context of respectful, caring relationships, enhance infants’ growth physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Partnerships with families ensure collaboration between home and school, thus strengthening relationships and benefitting young children.