15 month to 2.9 years
Our literacy rich classrooms promote early language skills and reading readiness, while playful, supervised activities support social interactions. Our award winning curricula** is at the core of our work with toddlers and provides a range of multi-sensory activities to help each child grow, learn and develop in the way best suited to their needs. We use Creative Curriculum and the Active Learning Series.
At Crispus Attucks Children's Center, we nurture and care for each child individually, helping them grow up strong
and smart. Every day, our trained teachers guide children through a range of multi-sensory activities that help them
learn, share, and most of all enjoy their childhood. From babies as young as one month to boisterous pre-schoolers
up to age six, Crispus Attucks Children's Center is there to guide your child through all stages of their development.
Find out more about the diverse, caring, and enriching experience we can provide for your child.
CACC takes a long-term approach to screening the whole child which utilizes outside/specialized resources. It starts
during intake with a comprehensive parent interview, physical and birth record to establish a child 's developmental/family history. Within the first 30 days of enrollment, we use The Creative Curriculum for initial assessment-referring back, if indicated, to a child 's physician/other knowledgeable specialists, having the child screened by our in-house mental health specialist, utilizing the Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Assessment Tool; referral for a neurological and/or physical evaluation. The process takes into consideration child/family culture/values and is carefully reviewed by our Inter-Disciplinary Team (lOT). As part of the process, Boston Metro and Child Care Choices provide onsite screening services. All children receive dental screening by the Boston University School of Dentistry.
After the first 30 days, our policy is complete this initial evaluation to determine/diagnose any developmental delay and
plan intervention strategies. During all phases of developmental screening, parents are engaged in information
sharing/decision-making. If parents need advocacy and support, CACC provides it.
Given the variability in quality and cultural bias among available tools, and partly due to our concern that our staff is able to effectively use the tool, we are conducting evaluations to select a screening tool for infants/toddlers.
We believe that preparation/collaboration is essential to successful transitions. We consult parents before enrollment to
learn about family situations/conditions that may affect children and establish baseline needs. This prepares
teachers/families to manage transitions successfully. Parents are encouraged to stay for the first three half-days, and
return to assist with transition problems. Teachers accompany infants/toddlers transferring to new classes, staying until
they are comfortable. Foster grandparents nurture children to aid transitions. Parents are often present for transitions to
new classes/activities. We prepare parents for changes so they can help ease transitions.
Extra Curiculum Programs
* Creative Curriculum
* Active Learning Series Curriculum
Mass Dept of Education
(Guidelines for Preschool Learning)
Safe Child Curriculum
Across CACC, we use various curriculums to organize lesson plans and target specific objectives. The Active Learning Series and the Creative Curriculum for Preschool are used across the school. Together, they integrate our approach to social emotional, physical, cognitive and language development.
Because children develop at different paces, at the beginning of each school year we establish a developmental baseline for each child and tailor learning strategies to address diverse needs.
Teachers will observe children's behavior and will lesson plan activities based upon each child's needs. For example, if a preschooler is not demonstrating sufficient ability to follow directions, the teacher may work in games/activities that require the ability to follow directions to be successful.
To measure curriculum effectiveness, teachers compare children's progress in meeting age appropriate goals, review each child's progress, and consider feedback from parents.