Program Descriptions

Infants

At Pine Hills Learning Place we understand that infancy is a time of rapid development.   In the infant classroom we provide a warm and loving environment.

  • Physical needs are taken care of promptly, following the child’s cues for individual preferences in food, sleep patterns and stimulation.
  • While meeting the physical needs, the staff talk, sing, and play with each infant.
  • Infants are given room to move and explore in safe surroundings.
  • Teachers provide daily written communication about feeding, diapering, napping and other daily activities.   We work closely with families to assure continuity of care between home and our program.

Toddlers

We recognize that toddlers are striving to be self-reliant. The toddler rooms are designed to offer a safe, secure and loving environment where the children engage in challenging and meaningful activities at their own pace.

  • Toddlers learn through exploration, observation and play. Opportunities are provided for
        pretending, participating in small groups and playing by themselves throughout the day.
  • Large motor experiences are provided indoors and outdoors in a safe environment.
  • Many opportunities for small motor development are offered. Toddlers explore using hands
        and fingers in a variety of age-appropriate activities.
  • Toddlers have opportunities to experience songs, books, finger plays, and interactive games.
        The children are read to individually and in small groups. Books are always accessible for
        independent exploration.
  • Daily communication is provided.
Learn more about our HighReach curriculum for Toddlers through early Preschool.

Preschool

In the preschool classrooms, the children learn to be a cooperative part of the group. Teachers help children learn to respect others and to work as a team, fostering a sense of community within the classroom.

  • Activities are planned to provide opportunities and experiences that incorporate large group
        and small group time. Curriculum content areas include math, science, literacy, technology,
        social studies and the arts. These are not isolated areas of learning. Instead, teachers
        develop projects that expand children's skills and knowledge across disciplines, creating an
        integrated curriculum.
  • Materials that support fine-motor and large-motor development are offered. Well supervised
        physical activity is offered through the day. Dance, exercise, games and playing on the
        playground equipment promotes large-motor coordination. Fine-motor dexterity is attained
        through learning self-help skills, experimenting with writing and mastering small manipulatives.
  • Language and literacy is developed through conversational experiences, through teachers
        reading books aloud during large group time and in individualized settings daily and through
        classroom environments rich in print.
  • Full time and morning programs are offered

Learn more about our “Big Day, Big Fun” curriculum for Preschool 3 & 4 Classrooms.

PreKindergarten

The pre-kindergarten classroom environment is more structured than our preschool classrooms. Learning takes place through a variety of hand-on experiences and exploration. Our classroom is limited to seventeen children, which allows for more individualized attention.

  • Children are encouraged to begin understanding how they fit into the classroom, the
        community and their world. This is done by providing children the opportunity to participate in
        classroom decisions and plan classroom activities.
  • Language and literacy skills at this level include having access to various types of books,
        including storybooks, factual books, number and letter books. Conversations about the
        content of a book, discussions about linking books to other aspects of the curriculum and
        adding new words to increase vocabulary are provided by the teachers.
  • Daily opportunities are offered to fine tune large-motor skills and explore creative expression
        through dance, music and art.
  • Our pre-kindergarten program focuses on kindergarten readiness in a developmentally
        appropriate environment.
  • Community involvement is encouraged through field trips and special visitors
  • Our prekindergarten teachers meet with kindergarten teachers from our local school
        district Schools to insure that our students are prepared for kindergarten.
  • A full time program and a part time kindergarten readiness program are offered

Learn More about our “Opening the World of Learning” curriculum for the PreKindergarten

Full Day, Private Kindergarten

Our small class size and degreed teachers insure that each child receives the individual attention needed to be ready for school and ready to learn. Area elementary teachers request Pine Hills Learning Place graduates.

  • 2 degreed teachers compared to a teacher and a part time aide in most schools
  • Low class size as compared to most schools
  • High standard of academics and success in elementary school
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Price includes before and after school care - 6am to 6pm
  • Fieldtrips, science fair, Spanish and sign language classes, Christmas program,
        spring graduation ceremony, and so much more!

Before and After School Care

Children are taken to school and picked up either on their school's bus or on one of the Pine Hills Learning Place's 6 buses. We know that the children have spent a very structured day, working hard at school. Here they eat a healthy snack, and choose between active play or quiet activites with their friends.

  • Transportation to and from all area schools
  • Fleet of 6 buses
  • Planned themes and activities
  • Healthy breakfast before school and nutritious snack after school
  • Full Size Gym
  • Supervised homework
  • Open for all school closure days except 6 major holiday with activities and field trips planned
        to keep the children safe and engaged
  • Available for school delays and closures

Summer Day Camp

Summer camp gives children in grades Kindergarten-6th grade an active, memorable and fun summer.

  • Daily field trips designed for learning and fun
  • Gym - Many sports & games are planned including basketball, kickball, soccer, relay races,
        & much more! Our emphasis is on teamwork and sportsmanship.
  • Computer Lab - Your child will spend time in the computer lab using fun & educational
        software each day.
  • Music Room - We believe that music & movement are essential for developing young minds.
        We offer a variety of musical experiences including instruments, guest musician’s
        jam sessions and more!
  • Plug the Summer Brain Drain - Research shows that children lose 1-2 months of educational
        skills during the summer. We offer enrichment activities to keep the children's minds active
        and not running on empty when school resumes.