The Child Care Center in Norwich offers the highest quality early childhood programs to families of all incomes and backgrounds, where children find laughter, warmth, and respect.
Our experienced, caring, and committed teachers provide developmentally appropriate curriculum to foster childrens' self confidence, creativity, and social skills.
The Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (www.naeyc.org) since 1996 and follows their curriculum philosophy of "developmentally appropriate practice". Therefore, the curriculum in each classroom varies year to year depending on the interest and the developmental level of the enrolled children. Teachers design curriculum units based around the interests of the children in their group and then embed within those units the basic skills that each child is developmentally ready to embrace. Activities are typically open-ended and process oriented such that children at very different developmental levels can actively participate.
These skill areas include the traditionally accepted academic skills such as pre reading and pre math skills. However, curriculum for young children is much broader than just the academics, as we know them. The other areas that the curriculum addresses are equally important if more subtle. These areas include independence skills, (being able to dress for outdoor play without repeated teacher redirection) attention span (being able to attend to a 20 minute circle), social skills (negotiating turn-taking at the take apart table) and self confidence/self control (being able to get in line when the teacher asks, even when your best friend thinks it is funny to hide instead). The Center also offers a very language rich environment, providing children with a strong foundation in vocabulary, conversation skills and literacy.
The Child Care Center in Norwich is a not-for-profit program that welcomes Upper Valley families with children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
2008 - Support for the annual Tykes on Trikes fundraising event and for updating the phone system.
2007 - Funds to support the 2nd annual "Tikes on Trikes" fundraiser, and to convert to a Lifeline database system
2006 - The Children’s Fund contributed to the renovation of a classroom to house the Child Care Center’s second group of two-year-olds. This new classroom was created in response to the changing needs of the Upper Valley, where demand for care for children under the age of three is much greater than the number of childcare slots available. This grant promotes the Child Care Center’s mission of supporting high-quality child care for families of all incomes and backgrounds.