Our Pre-K classroom serves ages 4 and 5, with a staff to child ratio of 1:10. We provide the children with the Highscope curriculum and weekly themes and a letter per week from September to May. Our focus in this classroom is provide the children with activities to help them transition to Kindergarten. Our teachers are in partnership with local districts’ transition meetings to successfully provide children with kindergarten readiness skills. We provide a smaller group setting to help meet individual needs as well as providing group activities. We focus on social development and language and literacy as well as motor development by providing indoor and outdoor experiences. Children go on several field trips throughout the year with and without our Preschool classroom. They have explored the St. Vincent Planetarium, Apple Hill Playhouse, Pittsburgh Zoo, pumpkin patch, Carnegie Science Center, Natural History Museum, etc. We provide at the end of the year a Pre-Kindergarten Graduation ceremony, and many children remain in our care until that first day of Kindergarten.
As a working mother who also commutes, I am thankful for Today’s Learning Childcare every single day as their wonderful teachers have helped me to raise a wonderful, kind, and bright daughter. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and TLC has helped to show me how true that is. I put my daughter in the TLC daycare at six weeks old, and now that she is two and a half, the teachers at TLC have become part of our family. One of the greatest comforts that I have had over the past two and a half years is that there has not been a single day that I have worried over leaving Stella at TLC. I know that while there, her teachers love and care for her and have helped her achieve all of her milestones. At two, she speaks in complex sentences, counts over ten, and sings a number of songs—all skills that TLC has reinforced and helped her to develop. Her teachers also come up with great activities for the children to do throughout the year: from cookie decorating to ice cream parties to weekly painting. And, my daughter has been bringing crafts home almost every day since she was one. I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am to know that my daughter is in a comfortable, loving, and educational environment and with teachers that I consider her second moms. I honestly don’t know what I would do without TLC. Thank you all for everything you do for my little girl!~ Erin (Parent of Older Toddler Room)