Infants learn through everyday experiences with warm and responsive care from teachers in the classroom. Each teacher is a primary caregiver to specific children in the room. They partner with parents to create a schedule that compliments and supports what happens at home and makes their day at MKCCC feel safe and secure.
Highlights of MKCCC’s infant program:
Loving and caring environments that are an extension of home.
We communicate with families regularly to maintain partnerships and to build trusting relationships.
Daily opportunities are provided to encourage social/emotional development, speech and language, cognitive growth and to support fine and gross motor development.
We use basic sign language to encourage even our youngest children to express their wants and needs.
“Working with infants is one of the greatest joys and experiences of my 20 year career. No matter how I may be feeling on any given day, the children in my class always make my day better. From them running to the door when they see me come in, to the random hugs I get throughout the day; I have the best job in the world. Being a part of experiencing milestones in their lives is one of the greatest honors I have ever been given. Every little thing they learn is another building block in the foundation of their development and growth and, as an educator, I couldn’t be more excited to watch this unfold in front of my eyes. Young children are sponges and watching them soak up all the new things they learn is amazing! Working in the Infants Program at MKCCC is such a wonderful experience- we have the greatest children and families here! ” Giovanna Pennella, MKCCC’s Infant Program Supervisor
“I’ve been working in the Infant room at MKCCC for a little over two years now. This experience has been both the most challenging and also the most rewarding of my life so far. The best part of my day is always when I walk in the classroom in the morning and the kids are so excited to see me! There’s no greater love than that of a child’s unconditional love. Just seeing the looks on their faces, their eyes light up, and the smiles on their faces warms my heart! And when they run, or in some cases crawl, up to me to greet me and give me the biggest and best hugs ever, and shout my name out loud “Jackeeee,” as best they can, that’s when I feel the purest form of love and joy! These amazing babies are just the best, the best there is!” Miss Jackie, Infant A Classroom
Gross motor room- large balls, boat toy, ride along toys/push toys, mats, running and jumping
Outdoor/Playground & water play
Tunnel and ball “pit” play
“The best part of being a teacher at MKCCC is the children we get to teach. Watching the children learn and try new things is my favorite part of the job. I love coming to work everyday and seeing how focused and excited they are when they accomplish something new. It’s not always easy, but it’s very rewarding. I get joy from knowing that they are learning something from all of the wonderful staff at MKCCC.” Miss Victoria, Infant A Classroom