Champlain Islands Parent Child Center
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114 South Street
South Hero, VT 05486
802-372-4704
(Farmhouse) 802-372-5042
Our vision continues to be focused on building strong children and confident families. 

Our mission is to partner with families in offering a safe, nurturing and rich learning environment where children feel confident to explore their surroundings through play and to guide each child in reaching his/her full potential as citizens of our world.

Our Philosophy of Education

Children are capable learners and each child is unique in how they approach their world. We approach teaching by first considering the “whole” child, providing a play-based, emergent curriculum that aligns with the Vermont Early Learning Standards. The curriculum evolves depending on the interests of the children, families and teachers. Our planning allows us to be intentional about providing children balanced and varied activities, including opportunities to learn how to function effectively within a group while still being accepted as individuals. We create an environment:

~that fosters caring and understanding of others with opportunities to celebrate diversity, problem solve, work together as a team and to build a caring community. As children learn to communicate with their peers and problem solve in a peaceful manner, academic learning progresses naturally.

~that is child friendly, safe, caring and comfortable.

~that fosters caring and understanding of others with opportunities to celebrate diversity, problem solve, work together as a team and to build a caring community. As children learn to communicate with their peers and problem solve in a peaceful manner, academic learning progresses naturally.

~that fosters caring and understanding of others with opportunities to celebrate diversity, problem solve, work together as a team and to build a caring community. As children learn to communicate with their peers and problem solve in a peaceful manner, academic learning progresses naturally.

This stimulating environment promotes developmentally appropriate and research based experiences in the cognitive, language, social-emotional, fine motor and gross motor areas. Another aspect of our curriculum includes involving families, friends, teachers and other community members into our learning community. This includes a shared care-giving partnership with families, recognizing the parents as their child’s first teacher. We believe this approach to children’s learning will result in each child reaching his/her full potential as citizens of our world.

The Red Building Classrooms
The infant room serves children ages 6 weeks to 18 months. There are 8 children in the infant room with 2 teachers. In the infant room much of the day revolves around meeting the children’s needs of feeding, diapering and napping, which are done with a focus on developing communication and an attachment with the infant. The teachers spend a lot of time on the floor with the infants joining them in exploration and experiencing their environment while working on reaching new developmental milestones. The infants also have many art, sensory, and outside time planned out during their week.
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Ducklings (6 Weeks-18 Months)
Chipmunks (12 Months-2 1/2 Years)
The toddler 1 classroom serves children ages 1-2 ½ years. At times there can be children slightly older or younger in this classroom as children move up from the infant room based upon when they are ready and as space becomes available. There are 8 children in the toddler 1 room with 2 teachers. The toddler room offers a consistent daily schedule for the children to rely on including snack and lunch times, nap time, and free explore. There are many opportunities throughout the day for sensory exploration, language development, books and songs, art, and outside time. 
Turtles (2 Years-3 1/2 Years)
The toddler 2 classroom serves children ages 2-3 ½ years. There are 8 children in the toddler 2 room with 2 teachers. This classroom continues with the same schedule and opportunities as the toddler 1 room, and also begins to introduce more complex activities. There are a mixture of activities in the older toddler room that foster children’s curiosity and independence while focusing on navigating toddlers through their transition to preschoolers. The children begin to take part in a circle time, have increased social skills and vocabulary, and focus on toilet learning. Through a consistent schedule, the curriculum incorporates music and stories, art and sensory, pre-math and science, and social emotional development.
Cubs (3-5 Years)
The preschool classroom serves children ages 3-5 years. There are 18 children in the preschool room with 2 teachers. The preschool room is a busy learning environment with a mixture of teacher directed and child directed activities while following a predictable schedule. There is a focus on building a love of learning through intentional teaching activities geared towards the children’s developmental levels and interests. Teachers help to facilitate conversation and language, problem solving with their peers, and engaging them in discovering the world around them. The curriculum incorporates math and science, language and literacy, art and sensory, and circle time to name a few. 
The Allen House Classrooms
The Minnows (3-5 Years Old)
The Pre-Kindergarten classroom in the Allen House is part of the Universal Applied Pre-Kindergarten program which is a free program to children who are 4 years old by September 1. There are 16 children with 2 teachers, and this program is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:15-11:45. This program focuses on Kindergarten readiness through socialization and exploration. The emergent curriculum aligns with the Vermont Early Learning Standards.
The Eagles (5-12 Years Old)
The school age program has 20 children with 2 teachers and is for children ages 6-12 years old after school from 2:45-5:30. The bus drops the children off at our door from Folsom School. The children are given a snack, time to play with their friends, outside time, and time to do their homework. They also do special projects, cooking, and games.