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INFANTS (6 weeks through 11 months)

INFANT CARE ROOM

 

Student Teacher Ratio 3:1

From the moment your baby enters The Childhood Center’s infant care room, he/she feels at ease. The product of years of infant study and observation, our nursery provides optimal comfort, safety and learning and development opportunities for your child.

Because young children develop at their own pace, our child development staff focuses daily on the skills in which your baby expresses interest. We encourage you to speak with our Developmental Specialist or your pediatrician if you have concerns regarding your baby’s development.

A Safe Learning and Developmental Environment for Babies

From the age of six weeks through 11 months, your baby expresses a need and desire to explore his/her surroundings. Our nursery features a warm, inviting design that calms your child and gives him/her a feeling of security. We decorated the room in soothing colors and placed extra padding under our carpet to give your baby a soft place to crawl and roll as he/she begins to navigate the world.

Unique features like our bubble wall fascinate your baby and passively encourage him/her to pull to a standing position. Mirrors, bars and other wall-mounted activities further promote the desire to stand and walk.

Nurturing Relationships

At this young age, your baby seeks the security of familiar places and people. Our low student-to-teacher ratio creates the opportunity for our childcare experts to spend one-on-one time with your baby. To encourage his/her desire to communicate with others, we bond with your child during his/her daily activities, such as story time and feedings. But your family’s role in your baby’s development is extremely important as well. For this reason, each child will have a picture of their family placed above their crib. This ensures your child’s familiarity and trust in your family as well as our child development specialists.

 

Daily Infant Development Activities Include:
  • Indoor Floor Exploration
  • Socialization
  • Outdoor Exploration
  • Story time
  • Singing and Musical Enrichment
  • Bonding via Rocking
  • Diaper Changes and Cleanup
  • Nap Time
  • Bonding via Holding and Cuddling
  • Feeding Time(s)

TODDLERS (12-17 months old)

HOUSTON TODDLER CARE ROOM
Student Teacher Ratio 4:1

At the Childhood Center, our toddler care room offers your child a home away from home. Our 12- to 17-month-old area features a design which enhances your child’s transition to independence as well as an arrangement that encourages learning and child development while simultaneously nurturing your toddler’s needs.

Because 1-year-olds develop at their own pace, our child development staff focuses daily on the skills in which your child expresses interest. We encourage you to speak with our Developmental Specialist or your pediatrician if you have concerns regarding your toddler’s development.

A Child Development and Learning Environment for Young Explorers

From 12- to 17-months old, your child spends much of his/her time moving and exploring. The Childhood Center’s toddler care room has wide, open spaces designed to encourage play and movement. Much like our infant nursery, interactive features are incorporated into the architecture. Our unique bubble wall encourages movement and provides visual stimulation, while our large, soft blocks invite your toddler to crawl and climb. All of these elements combine to aid your child’s muscle development and coordination.

Additionally, we incorporated art, reading, math, science and music centers in the room. Guided by our caring child development staff, your toddler learns independently while receiving the motivation he/she needs.

Creating Lasting Bonds and Unlimited Opportunities

Although your child grows quickly, at this age, he/she still needs individualized care and attention. While The Childhood Center’s staff of child care experts gently guides your 1-year-old into a more structured child development and learning routine, they also ensure that your child’s social needs are fully met. Our low student-to-teacher ratio gives us the opportunity to bond with your toddler during everyday activities such as feedings, diaper changes and hold and cuddle times. This further reinforces your child’s familiarity and trust in our child development staff.

Daily Toddler Activities Include:
  • Indoor Floor Exploration
  • Socialization
  • Outdoor Exploration
  • Story time
  • Singing and Musical Enrichment
  • Bonding via Rocking
  • Diaper Changes and Cleanup
  • Nap Time
  • Bonding via Holding and Cuddling
  • Feeding Time(s)

2 YEAR OLDS - Development & Day Care

TWO-YEAR-OLD CARE ROOM

 

Student Teacher Ratio 6:1

At 2-years-old, your child continues along his/her path to independence. At The Childhood Center, our Two-Year-Old Care room provides the many tools needed for your son/daughter to further his/her ability to navigate the world. By incorporating more learning with child development, our child care staff helps mold your son/daughter into a well-adjusted, intelligent individual.

Because 2-year-olds develop at their own pace, our child development staff focuses daily on the skills in which your child expresses interest. We encourage you to speak with our Developmental Specialist or your pediatrician if you have concerns regarding your child’s development.

Child Development for the Independent and Inquisitive

During this critical development stage, your child needs open space, structure and the ability to assert his/her autonomy. At The Childhood Center, we provide large, age-appropriate and manipulative activities that aid coordination development. Additionally, in our 2-year-old room’s more structured environment, our staff guides your child through constructive play and learning via exploration centers that incorporate fundamental skills in science, math, art, music and language. By exciting and stimulating your child’s desire to learn at an early age, our child development specialists help create a life-long love of learning.

Safe Outdoor Play That Encourages Health

This stage of development is the optimal time to introduce your son/daughter to outside play. The Childhood Center’s playground features one-of-a-kind equipment, designed specifically for children under 4. In the safety of our outdoor grounds, your child develops his/her large muscles while enjoying our tree house slide made by Toddler Trees and our ping pong house from Crooked House.

Critical Skills Development with Positive Reinforcement

The Childhood Center uses a natural, positive method to promote your child’s desire to perform many necessary skills, including dressing, undressing, feeding himself/herself and, perhaps most importantly, use the potty.

While designing our 2-year-old care room, we catered to the needs of the independent child, including the need to use the restroom. Our easily accessed facilities and the encouragement of our child development staff help your 2-year-old complete the potty training process without fear.

Daily 2-Year-Old Activities Include:
  • Indoor Floor Exploration
  • Socialization
  • Outdoor Play
  • Story time
  • Singing and Musical Enrichment
  • Bonding via Rocking
  • Diaper Changes and Cleanup
  • Nap Time
  • Bonding via Holding and Cuddling
  • Feeding Time(s)

3 YEAR OLDS - Development & Day Care

THREE-YEAR-OLD CARE ROOM

 

Student Teacher Ratio 8:1

During preschool, your child completes his/her transition from independent learning to a more structured environment. To encourage your 3-year-old to play with friends as well as learn a variety of subjects, we arranged our room to allow your child to move easily from one activity to another. Though your 3-year-old’s individual development is still important, this is the year that he/she begins to work in groups and you begin to hear about friends, art projects, and learned songs and stories.

A Structured, Fun Preschool Environment

Throughout our 3-year-old care room are teacher-guided learning centers which encourage your child’s natural curiosity. The subjects available to explore teach the fundamentals your 3-year-old needs to be a successful student

Academic Skills Developed Include:

Mathematics

  • Familiarity with numbers 1-10
  • Understanding of one-to-one correspondence
  • Ability to sort objects that are alike
  • Understanding of quantifiable terms such as full, empty, long, short, big and little
  • Knowledge of different shapes
  • Familiarity with colors
  • Ability to complete simple puzzles with 8-10 pieces.

Science

  • Awareness of the five senses
  • Ability to observe objects and discuss their common traits
  • Creating hypotheses
  • Recognizing what is missing in a picture
  • Familiarity with different animals and how they move
  • Understanding that plants come from seeds and that they need water and sunlight to grow.

Communication

  • Paying attention for several minutes at a time
  • Listening and following two-step directions
  • Sitting still and listening to a story
  • Answering questions
  • Communicating needs and wants
  • Constructing simple, four- to six-word sentences.
  • Understanding pronouns
  • Repeating memorized songs, poems and finger plays
  • Telling stories
  • Making predictions based on pictures
  • Understanding and verbalizing his/her name, age and gender
  • Asking questions
  • Labeling family members, including mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle and cousin
  • Understanding the difference between letters and numbers
  • Tattling
  • Expressing fears

Reading

  • Recognizing his/her printed name
  • Spelling his/her first name correctly when given the right letters
  • Sequencing 3-4 pictures to form a story
  • Asking to be read to
  • Retelling a story from memory
  • Singing the “ABC Song”

Writing

  • Understanding that spoken words can be written
  • Drawing a face with its features in the correct places
  • Drawing a person as a stick figure
  • Drawing lines and circles
  • Exhibiting interest in drawing with different media

Prekindergarten (4 year olds)

HOUSTON FOUR-YEAR-OLD PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

 

Student Teacher Ratio 8:1

With the looming transition to Kindergarten approaching, Pre-K at The Childhood Center is all about preparing your child for the challenges ahead. Our curriculum is educational as well as fun. More independent and outgoing than ever, your Pre-Kindergarten student socializes with both teachers and peers while playing and learning. Our structured environment helps further develop essential skills.

Featured prominently in the Pre-K room are learning centers that excite and stimulate your child’s desire to learn. From the always important reading station that encourages your child’s love of reading in conjunction with our extensive library to our math and science centers that instill confidence in your Pre-Kindergartener, the child development staff at The Childhood Center helps instill the knowledge and confidence that your 4-year-old needs to be a successful student his/her entire life.

Academic Skills Developed Include:

Mathematics

  • Completing a puzzle with 20-50 pieces
  • Counting up to 10 objects
  • Identifying and sequencing numbers 1-20
  • Sorting objects based on visual measurements
  • Using words to describe locations, directions and sizes
  • Understanding ordinal numbers first through 10th
  • Understanding halves and wholes

Science

  • Utilizing the scientific method by making predictions, testing hypotheses, observing and forming or revising hypotheses
  • Identifying common traits
  • Recognizing the importance of adaptation for survival
  • Understanding habitats
  • Recognizing seasons
  • Understanding that all living creatures and plants have basic needs
  • Classifying items by similar traits, such as texture, color and shape

Communication

  • Recognizing printed first and last name
  • Recognizing rhyming words
  • Completing three-step tasks
  • Further developing his/her vocabulary
  • Speaking in complete sentences
  • Retelling stories in the correct sequence
  • Rejecting the urge to use “baby talk”

Reading

  • Identifying uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Forming stories to match the pictures within a book
  • Memorizing the words to his/her favorite book
  • Reenacting a favorite story
  • Recognizing if mistakes occur during the reading of a favorite book

Social and Emotional Development

  • Handling transitions to new activities
  • Playing with friends in a more traditional manner
  • Creating rules and roles for play
  • Showing empathy toward others
  • Working independently or in a group
  • Solving conflict verbally
  • Sharing
  • Respecting others and their property
  • Taking turns
  • Engaging in fantasy play

Writing

  • Printing his/her name
  • Working from left to right
  • Drawing shapes that resemble actual objects
  • Copying basic shapes
  • Asking for someone to write a story to go along with the picture he/she drew
  • Holding writing implements correctly
  • Recognizing classmates’ printed names
  • Using scissors to cut lines, curves, swirls and acute angles
  • Using laces, snaps, buttons and zippers
  • Folding papers in halves, quarters and diagonally
  • Containing coloring to defined areas

Lunch Program

The Childhood Center provides morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and organic milk for children 18 months and up.  We offer regular and vegetarian options and serve organic when possible.

Katy Location: Summer Camp

 

Announcing our 2019 summer camp!

11 weeks of themed-camp: Field Trips, Arts & Crafts, Movie Day Mondays, Magician, Mad Science Guy, Zoo Mobile!
Family Discounts Available
Enrollment includes: Lunches/Snacks, Special Events, T-Shirt, Water Bottle, Drawstring Bag
Se Habla Español     Call 346-257-4946  thereserve@childhoodcenter.com
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Greenway Plaza Pediatrician

On-Site Pediatric Care for your Child

 

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The Childhood Center is excited to offer optional Quick Checkups and Sick Visits with Dr. Lara Leonhardt, a pediatrician located in our building.

Busy parents deserve the consideration of their child’s daycare. The Childhood Center works with our families, calling you whenever your child begins to exhibit symptoms of illness. Instead of requiring you to immediately pick up your child we offer the opportunity to have our director or assistant director escort your child to Dr. Leonhardt’s office.

Our partnership with this outstanding pediatrician means that your child receives a thorough examination. After diagnosing the illness, Dr. Leonhardt calls you at work to explain the ailment, the symptoms and what your next steps should be. If deemed necessary, she will also call a pharmacy to fill your child’s prescription(s). After you arrange for payment with the pharmacy, they deliver your child’s prescription to our facilities, and we begin treatment. By the time you arrive at The Childhood Center to pick up your child, he/she is already on the road to recovery. Best of all, you have not missed any work nor had to juggle your already hectic schedule.

This service is limited to children who begin to feel ill while in our care and does not include annual checkups nor treatment for more serious conditions. Additionally, a child’s parent/guardian must be in the pediatrician’s office for shots to be administered. For emergency care, our director or assistant director will escort your child to Dr. Leonhardt’s pediatric practice; however, we do ask that you arrive as soon as possible to support and comfort your child.

After seeing the child, Dr. Leonhardt will discuss with The Childhood Center, the course of illness and if possible to complete the day at the center or if child will need to be picked up as soon as parents can make arrangements to do so.

Please call Dr. Lara Leonhardt’s office at (713) 572-3200 for medical and insurance information.

Lara Varisco Leonhardt, MD
3701 West Alabama, Suite 350
Houston, Texas 77027
713-572-3200 ofc
713-572-3204 fax
www.beewellpediatrics.com