Laura R. was really worried about going back to work and leaving her toddler in the care of others. Often parents seek out a CCCR early childhood development center because of its high-quality early education in addition to childcare. But for many parents—like Laura R.—it’s even more important that their child will feel loved.
Laura R. explains, “When we moved to Florida in 2018, it was for me to return to work after spending a year at home with my daughter following her birth. The thought of going back to work and having to leave her in the care of others was certainly overwhelming. However, I am so thankful that Little Wonders was recommended to us by family friends. Beginning with the initial email from Jamie Eskridge, the Center Director, I felt more at ease as her response was positive and inviting. On the tour, she answered all my questions and assured me that my child would be in great care at her center.”
As the new school year begins, we are reminded that one of the most important things to do for children in the first few weeks is to create a nurturing classroom community. It takes skillful teachers to help all children feel included. They must teach social problem solving, encourage inclusion of all children, and establish classroom rules that everyone understands. Laura R. felt that CCCR surpassed her expectations and created a “family” for both the parents and children. Laura R. had this to say:
“My daughter has been enrolled at Little Wonders since she was 16 months old. She has grown to love school and is so happy to be there with her friends and teachers. She has learned so much during her time there. They make learning fun, and she speaks fondly of all her teachers… I am forever grateful for the Little Wonders family, as it is truly an amazing family that they have created there.
My daughter has been given the opportunity to experience that learning is fun at an early age…
Thank you for easing my mind & putting up with all of my “mom” questions. Thank you so much for all of your love and care for Braelyn. You have created a wonderful family at Little Wonders.”
Clarissa G Martínez, author of several Teaching Strategies books, stresses that teachers must address the needs of the individual child AND the classroom. At CCCR, we understand that a child who is behind in social/emotional skills must be taught things like how to appropriately join the group, “be kind” and wait for their turn–or they will experience social isolation. We provide our teachers with annual training to help them create the subtle matrix it takes to build an “amazing family” environment, and every day we strive to do just that.