The Waitsfield Children's Center (WCC) is a 5 STARS program caring for infants through preschool aged children. Our program is divided into three classrooms, the Sprouts, Saplings and Maples. Each offering a loving nurturing environment with high teacher to children ratios, allowing children and teachers to build strong bonds and dig deep into a play based curriculum. Our goal is to help children develop a positive self-image through the mastery of intellectual, physical, emotional, and social skills, in accordance with their stage of development. Small class sizes allows us to be creative thinkers and provide the children with many opportunities to explore the world around them. Nestled between a working farm and forests, we are active explorers who love to spend time learning and playing outside.
The Sprouts class cares for our youngest children, 6 weeks of age through 14 months. With a 1:3 teacher to children ratio and a classroom size of 6 infants, the teachers are able to offer ample one on one time with the children. The daily routine is focused on the individual child's needs, and changes as the child grows and develops. The curriculum in the Sprouts class provides a developmentally stimulating, hands-on learning curriculum that regularly incorporates play, nature, art, music and movement into the daily rhythm.
The Saplings class is for children between the ages of one and three, with a teacher to child ratio of 1:4, and a total group size of 8 children. In this class a hands-on, play based curriculum incorporatescircle and group learning activities. Closely following the children's interests the curriculum stimulates the exploration of our surrounding world, promoting creativity, and self-esteem.
Providing a hands-on, play-based curriculum for children ages three to five the Maple class is filled with active explorers and learners. Following a 1:7 teacher to child ratio, with a group size of 9. The Maple class is a fun filled, sometimes mud covered classroom, incorporating play, nature, art, music movement, science, early math, pre-reading and pre-writing skills into the curriculum. Circle and group learning activities are designed to promote creativity, self-esteem and foster a love for learning.