Teaching, Learning, Caring uses MSDE approved The Creative Curriculum for Family Childcare from Teaching Strategies, Inc. along with: Innovations The Comprehensive Infant Curriculum, Innovations The Comprehensive Toddler Curriculum. Also a Learning Through Play Curriculum with lesson plans for ages 2 -5 years old in the following area: Math, Dramatic Play, Cooking, Language, Sand,Water,Clay & Wood, Music & Movement, Art, Science, Problem Solving and Blocks. While all of these are integrated into the on going learning process, a strong influence from Magda Gerber and RIE is a core foundation based on respecting each child. "Respect is the basis of the RIE philosophy. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.
This facility is set back inside a quiet cul-de-sac, in a single family home. The back yard is fenced and has assorted outdoor play equipment designed for infants and older children. Picnic areas are available for more outdoor time when the weather is appropriate. Within the home there is a center type of set up with an Infant Safety Play Zone. The best of both worlds, being in a family home, not institutional, offering numerous options for the safety of your child and learning experiences to take place.
Laurie Alcock, Educarer is a recipient of numerous awards for her program that has been serving the Howard County Community since 1994. Her awards were given for Health, Safety and Nurturing. After getting numerous awards from the current and past Howard County Executives, Allen Kittleman, Ken Ulman and James Robey, Laurie Alcock was inducted into the Shining Stars for her ongoing dedication and commitment. She continues to serve as a family childcare provider and is being honored currently in 2015. While Laurie Alcock, holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art, she is also Certified in Child Care. She continues her education with on going classes to keep current in the field. She also serves on the board as VP of Mentoring/Networking for the local childcare association. Prior experience includes: Art Instructor for Kindergarden in Baltimore City, Participant & Substitute in an educational research project, funded by Head Start in conjunction with the University of Maryland; MIND Project (Model for Integrated Neuronal Development) serving children ages 2, 3 & 4, Previous childcare provider for Pediatrician Dr.Barnaby Starr child, Adjunct Professor teaching art to the senior community.