Accredited Daycares Near Me

Accredited Daycares Near Me

Capitol Hill Day School
At Capitol Hill Day School, we aim to develop in each child a love of learning and an abiding care for others. This approach to learning underlies the curriculum, and is reflected in the thinking of the teachers, children, and parents. Collaborative, hands-on learning at the School is supported by maintaining a low student-to-teacher ratio in every classroom, with two co-teachers from prekindergarten through grade five. In all grades, many classes are taught in half groups. Children are encouraged to search for patterns and relationships. In virtually every subject, they find, define, and create patterns that spiral, branch, repeat, and grow geometrically. Learning in this way develops habits of observing, analyzing, and predicting. Teachers work together to integrate the curriculum so that subjects are studied in depth and from many directions. Field trips help children connect school experiences to the world around them. Literature and mathematics can be part of the study of science and social studies. Student activities in art and music reflect classroom studies. Certain themes serve as pillars around which the School's program spirals. In social studies, students examine relationships between environment and culture. In mathematics, children in all grades use similar materials to develop geometric and algebraic concepts. The revisiting of important ideas assures program continuity and allows children to deepen understandings. Caring for others is taught in all that we do. Older students learn and play with younger ones and assume responsibilities in the School community. Younger children are encouraged to be inclusive and kind in their interactions. Students discuss and learn from their differences with friendliness and trust, and from this perspective, examine ethical issues that arise from academic studies. When you visit, we hope you will sense the interplay between learning and caring as you see children greeting friends and engaging in activities and discussions. Capitol Hill Day School’s Summer Camp 2015 ends August 7, 2015. We had a great year with almost 300 campers who enjoyed 48 camps, led by 15 counselors, and 140 field trips! Check back in January 2016 for news about next year's Summer Camp program.

About Accredited Daycares Near Me

One of the most frustrating aspects of searching for a daycare and preschool can be sorting through the qualifications of caregivers and preschool teachers, and determining whether a child care center or home daycare is able to provide the best possible learning environment for your child. First off, it's important to note that obtaining a child care license (or child care permit) from a state or county does require a minimum standard of training for child care providers, as well as health and safety requirements for the facilities.

Child care and preschool accreditation, on the other hand, is a much harder process that holds daycare centers and family child care providers to a higher standard. The details can vary as there are a large number of daycare accreditation programs, but in general, accredited daycares and accredited preschools will have caregivers and teachers trained in specific early childhood education strategies aimed at facilitating social and skill development. Non-accredited child care and preschool programs might be equally good, but will generally require more investigation from parents to make sure that they offer quality early education.

The first major child care accreditation program was piloted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1985, but today there are around 20 reputable child care accreditation organizations, including well-known names like the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC, which focuses on accredited in-home daycares) the American Montessori Society (AMS) for Montessori daycares and preschools, or the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA).

Given the sheer number of options, it can be difficult to determine which daycare accreditation is the best, but the NAEYC is the largest, in addition to being the oldest, so it's a good place to start if you're looking for a nationwide organization that will likely have an accredited daycare or preschool near you. NAFCC is quite large as well, and is a great option if you're looking for an accredited home daycare. There are also several religiously affiliated accreditation programs, and if you like the Montessori philosophy, then AMS is the largest of several affiliated organizations.

Finally, it's worth noting that there are early childhood teacher certification programs that mimic the standards of child care and preschool accreditations, but only for individual teachers. One example of this is the certification required by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America for all of its teachers. No matter the details, when you encounter an accredited daycare or preschool, it's always worth asking questions about exactly what that distinction means. The best accreditation organizations are quite transparent about their criteria, and a good child care provider or preschool director should be happy to share what they did to achieve their accreditation!

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