WCCC serves 58 children, ages 8 weeks to 5 years.
Our center is influenced by Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach and the Reggio Emilia philosophy. We have 8 staff members who have completed the RIE foundations course. Our infant and toddler programs offer cloth diapering through Baby Diaper Service. Children at WCCC are viewed as capable individuals with valued thoughts, personalities, wants and needs. A strong sense of collaborative community rings throughout our building and can be demonstrated in our “community-style” dining, encouragement of family participation, and classroom environments and routines that are guided by the children’s needs and interests.
Children are sensitively observed and documentation is recorded through Teaching Strategies Gold. We also keep in communication with families through weekly newsletters, classroom specific email accounts, display boards and frequent opportunities for conferences and conversations. Teaching teams meet weekly to reflect and plan together.
Student to Teacher Ratios
The high quality of the program is assured by optimal staff/child ratios.
Infants (Cloud) 1:3 (age 8 weeks to 16 months)
Toddlers (Sunshine) 1:4 (12 months to 2.5 years)
Young Preschool (Rainbow) 1:5 (2 years to 3.5 years)
Preschool (Star) 1:7 (3 and 4 year olds)
Pre-Kindergarten (Rocket) 1:8 (4 and 5 year olds)
The Cloud classroom is influenced by Magda Gerber’s teachings of the Educaring approach. Individual infant needs are met by having a flexible schedule that follows their cues and needs. We nurture and encourage infant social-emotional development, their movement, coordination and cognitive development in many ways. We speak lovingly, sing often, play simple games and nurture age-appropriate self-help skills. We see all caregiving moments (diapering, feeding, etc) as meaningful bonding moments where children participate actively. We have a wide variety of open-ended play objects, books and provocations in our expertly designated infant learning laboratory.
Parents are communicated with often, starting with an individual daily log of feeding, diapering and nap information. We also have a separate phone line in the Cloud Room.
The Sunshine classroom is influenced by Magda Gerber’s teachings of the Educaring approach. Through this approach we practice respect and allow for children’s development on the child’s own terms. We focus everyday on fostering independence, developing self-reliance skills and encouraging and modeling positive interactions. This includes encouraging the children to do things on their own, and at their own pace.
Our environment is our greatest tool. We provide an open space, a variety of toys and materials, and a caring and nurturing presence.
Rainbow Room has ten 2-3 year olds with three teachers maintaining a 1:5 ratio. Social-emotional growth is the major focus as we spend our days together which is promoted through uninterrupted free-play experiences scaffolding this development with teacher modeling and support during peer interactions giving the children the opportunity to make as many of their own choices as possible honoring consent and individuality. We follow the interest of the children as we plan activities and set up the classroom environment using evidence based early childhood concepts to foster cognitive, fine motor and gross motor development. While looking for signs of potty training readiness we hope to say goodbye to diapers before moving to the next classroom but this is not a requirement. Our primary goal is to form a partnership with the families that we serve working towards the common goal of a happy healthy child.
Star Room focuses on creating a rich learning environment with play-based emergent curriculum with a group of 14 of our 3 and 4 year olds. Star children are seen as capable individuals who have the right to direct their own learning. Our goal is to establish within each child a love of learning and a sense of collaborative community that they will carry with them into the wider world.
Learning is facilitated by providing materials and opportunities for our Star students to explore. Academic advancement is achieved through open-ended discussion and scaffolding of learning. Social and emotional growth is supported by modeling empathy, respect, and acceptance.
Older four year olds and five year olds who will be going on to kindergarten make up our Pre-K group. The Pre-K has their own classroom setup in Taylor Hall. Pre-literacy, science, earth, math and thinking fun as well as continued creative and social emotional development are some of the topics we emphasize.