Joni’s Child Care & Preschool programs accept children 6 weeks of age and older. The infant program seeks to create a balance between personal care and developmental stimulation. Children are fed, changed, and napped according to individual schedules.
Throughout the day teachers talk and sing with each child to encourage language development and to monitor hearing. They use balls, mirrors, and other toys to encourage movement. The teachers hold each child frequently, using soft toys for cuddling and hand-held toys for fine motor development. Classrooms are arranged to allow for large spaces for stretching, rolling, and crawling. Varied activities are used to help strengthen back, neck, and arm muscles.
Parents are encouraged to outline a schedule for their child to allow caregivers to anticipate needs and support the planning that occurs at home. Parents receive a daily report, detailing their child’s activities, schedule, and supply needs. Parents are encouraged to visit and call regularly for information or questions. Teachers work hard to utilize each parent’s unique knowledge of their child to support the needs of both parent and child.