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Honey Bear Preschool and Child Care Center’s programs are planned around the young child’s developmental abilities. Chronological age is used as a guide for placement when other assessment data is not available; however, chronological age is only one of the many factors considered. In fact, early childhood research indicates that individual growth and development patterns among young children are so varied that grouping according to developmental abilities is much more satisfactory than grouping with age as the primary criteria.

We believe in the benefits of cross-age childhood experiences and therefore arrange our programs to allow older children to interact with younger ones under the supervision of the classroom teacher. Contact us for more information about your specific needs.

The Baby Bear A Infant Daycare classroom is planned to meet the special needs of very young babies and their families.

The Baby Bear B Daycare Program is planned to meet the special needs of babies from crawling to the first steps.

The Baby Bear C Daycare Program is planned to meet the special needs of children who are just learning to toddle around.

The Cuddle Bears Toddler Program is planned to meet the special needs of very young children and their families.

The Teddy Bear Program for 2-3 year olds is based on accepted current early childhood education theory and methodology.

The Honey Bear Program is carefully planned to keep 3-4 year olds busy and learning through a variety of hands-on experiences each day.

The Little Bear Cub Program is designed to keep an active explorer happily involved in a variety of hands-on experiences each day.

The Big Bear Cub Pre-K Program is deigned to prepare the children to become successful Kindergarten students.

Classroom Placement

The center currently operates eight classrooms: Baby Bear A (non-mobile infants), Baby Bear B (non-mobile infants through 15 months), Baby Bear C (very young toddlers), Cuddle Bears (Toddler Center), Teddy Bears (Two-three year olds), Honey Bears (Three-four year olds), Little Bear Clubs (Three-four year olds) and Big Bear Cubs (Pre-Kindergarten). There are a number of elements that determine when a child is ready to move up to the next class. First, the child’s age, the composition of the class the child is entering, the child’s developmental readiness, the group size and teacher to child ratios. We use the following approximate age guidelines when placing a child in the classroom. Baby Bears – birth to fourteen months; Cuddle Bears – fourteen to twenty-three months; Teddy Bears – twenty-four to thirty-six months; Honey Bears – three to four years of age; Little Bear Cubs – three to four years of age; Big Bear Cubs – Pre-Kindergarteners. However, if the child is ready we may waive the age guidelines and move the child sooner.

In each classroom, it is our goal to create a community where the children develop friendships and a sense of security. As children are growing and changing each month, our curriculum is individualized in each classroom as is developmentally appropriate. Rather than constantly moving the children as they grow, we adjust and change the curriculum. We will give parents appropriate notice when we plan on moving a child to a new classroom. We also will develop a plan for transitioning each child that will include visits to the new classroom. Our program is designed to support the children successfully articulating into a primary school system. Once a child is ready to move into a new classroom, a parent-teacher conference will be scheduled to discuss developmental goals, program routines and classroom curriculum. This is a chance for parents to share with teachers, information about their child and to refresh their memory about school policies and procedures.

Child Assessment/ Parent Conferences

Children are assessed on an on-going basis. Report cards are distributed in January and June assessing where the children are developmentally on a variety on indices including social and emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills as well as academic skills. Parent conferences are available as needed.