Parents who are thinking about the back-to-school season are encouraged to take a look at the daycare and the morning and afternoon pre-school programs offered at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center. Families with children from infancy through the age of six are invited to tour the daycare and preschool facility, which is located on the Project Self-Sufficiency campus at 127 Mill Street in Newton.
The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center features separate classrooms for each age group, from infants through those entering pre-school. Fully-qualified teachers are available in each classroom and the child-teacher ratio adheres to or exceeds state standards. In addition to the sparkling classrooms, there is an all-purpose room for active indoor play and parent presentations, as well as a sick room for those children who may fall ill during the day. The center is equipped with two separate playgrounds, one for younger tots and one for older children. Each room has new equipment, as well as learning centers for dramatic play, computers, science, housekeeping, sand and water play, reading, and music.
The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center, which has been named after B. Douglas Gordon and Elizabeth Houskeeper Gordon, uses “Creative Curriculum” in all of its programs. “Creative Curriculum helps instructors to design a preschool program that teaches children important academic skills and helps them to develop socially,” notes Claire Willetts, Program Coordinator at Project Self-Sufficiency. “The classrooms are set up to give structure to each child’s day, and to provide appropriate experiences for children, in accordance with their level of development. The curriculum also involves families in the program, and guides learning in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology while supporting children’s social and emotional development.”
The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center offers the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), a federally-assisted meal program which provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Any child may purchase a meal through the NLSP. Children from families at or below 130% of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130% - 185% of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents. Children who are part of households who receive food stamps or benefits under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible. Afterschool snacks are provided to children on the same income eligibility basis.
“We are delighted to be able to offer quality childcare services to the community in a state-of-the-art building,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “Our staff is excellent, our site is beautiful, and the curriculum we offer will ensure that all of the children placed in our care learn the social and academic skills they need to succeed.”
The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton. Little Sprouts offers space for 83 youngsters, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The facility accepts all types of subsidized daycare assistance, and slots for new students are still available. For more information visit the center’s website, www.littlesproutsearlylearningcenter.org or call 973-940-3540.