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albuquerque early childhood education

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To provide a warm safe and exciting environment in which children can grow at their own pace and feel good about themselves.
  • To provide a wide variety of activities and materials through which children may experience success and creativity.
  • To provide children with appropriate behavioral limits in a manner that fosters inner control rather than dependence on an external reward system.
  • To develop children's ability to express their feelings of others.
  • To develop children's ability to express their feelings openly and to respect the feelings of others.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility which enables children to care for themselves, others and their environment.
  • To foster creative thinking, problem solving and independence, by providing a supportive and challenging environment in which they, as well as adults have some control.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

Children are responsible for choosing their own activities as part of the morning and afternoon routine. Areas to choose from include art, blocks, books, dress-ups, games, puzzles, sensory table, manipulatives and science areas. Children are also responsible for taking care of their equipment and putting away materials. Also included in the morning and afternoon schedules are special small group activities such as arts, crafts and science projects. Large group activities include, stories, songs, finger plays, music and movement that are interspersed throughout the day. There is a quiet/ nap time in the early afternoon from approximately 1:00/1:30 to 3:00.

FOOD POLICY

Serendipity's meals are semi-vegetarian. We do serve fish and poultry. We emphasize foods which are low in sugar and not highly processed. We serve lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. We are also able to accommodate children with special dietary needs due to allergy or dietary restrictions. All of our meals are served family style in the classroom.
We serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack and our kitchen is approved by the Environmental Health Department. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Parents may bring in a special treat for a child's birthday celebration.

Serendipity Day School announces sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Office of the Assistance Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax:

(202) 690-7442

Email:

program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


PARENT PARTICIPATION

Parents are a vital part of Serendipity. Parents are welcome to visit the program, volunteer in the classroom, stop by for lunch, go on field trips or be involved in any way they can.
Home visits are done by the teachers in the fall. Parent conferences are held in the fall and spring at the school. We like to maintain daily contact with the parents at drop-off and pick-up times and we are happy to discuss your child with you at any time.  

Parents are encouraged to help out a couple of times a year with school “chores”. We also have two positions on our Board of Directors that are filled by parents.  Most of all, the children like their parents to take part in their activities here at Serendipity.
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