|235 Johnson Road, Hamden, Connecticut 06518
(located in the north end of Hamden off Shepard Ave.)
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Science and Environmental Study the Focus of Learning at the Carrot Patch!
Nicole and I are delighted to bring families in the Hamden-Cheshire-North Haven area a top-notch yet unpretentious early learning center where children thrive in a safe, fun, nurturing and creative environment year-round. The Carrot Patch is a warm community school, where children, parents and staff feel a sense of connectedness and belonging. My daughter and I bring our passion for education and our love of children to every detail and every decision we make. We have been working hard with some of Connecticut's top talent in the early learning field and we know you'll love the result.
We are proud to say that each of our classroom teachers holds at least a Bachelor's Degree, and many are certified public school teachers with early elementary-level experience. Our Staff Developer has over 35 years of experience in early childhood education and works closely with our professional teaching staff. We offer an individualized, developmentally-appropriate curriculum using the inquiry-based Bank Street educational model.
With an acre of wooded hiking trails and access to a babbling brook, our outdoor nature classroom is an amazing laboratory for study of the world around us. Toddlers and preschoolers alike also plant and tend raised vegetable gardens, yielding a bounty of fresh vegetables for summer snacks. In concert with our Carrot Patch families, we are engaged in the continuing evolution of this magical wooded environmental center for our children to revel in the wonders of nature.
We began with the expertise of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an architect, two biologists, a builder, and a long-time early childhood educator. Since then we have tapped area resources, including a botanist from UConn's Agricultural Experiment Station and a retired forester to increase the knowledge base for our studies. The Preschool and Toddler teaching staff engage in continuing education targeted to enhance their use of the outdoor classroom. Our preschoolers visit the outdoor classroom every day--rain or shine, and the toddlers nearly as often.
PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM/PRE-K ACADEMY
The Carrot Patch Early Leaning Center provides an individualized program of school-readiness and enrichment for pre-schoolers aged 3 to 5 years of age. The Carrot Patch is not a babysitting center! We offer a carefully crafted inquiry-based curriculum centered around natural science, and designed to challenge each child to stretch and grow. Professional staff tailor the program to the individual needs of each child, ensuring that the particular challenges they encounter ultimately lead to success. This experience of positive outcomes rewarding their efforts enhances children's self-confidence and naturally promotes a joy for learning!
Our children learn while having fun using hands-on, discovery-based methods to explore science, math, language, music and the arts, as well as enhancing social, spatial, and physical skills. Building skills such as negotiation, cooperation and communication are encouraged and modeled by our sensitive, caring teachers. Themes are chosen by teachers based on the interests of the children in their classrooms. Curriculum is planned and posted regularly in each classroom. We have a professional music teacher, and offer physical fitness with Jump Bunch on a twice monthly basis.
In addition, we have created a special space within the larger preschool classroom just for the children planning to attend kindergarten in the fall. The "Pre-K Academy" students meet in small groups with a head teacher each morning to engage in more advanced activities, and attend a daily afternoon meeting as a large group to share, experiment and discuss their learning. Miss Christine and Miss Kim work hard to prepare our older preschoolers for the rigors of their upcoming educational settings. And best of all, they do it creatively, joyously, and without flash cards, "dittos", or drills. They inspire in their students an even deeper love of learning by challenging them to explore, think and grow in interesting new ways.
The toddler program at the Carrot Patch Early Learning Center balances structured activities that allow children to learn new skills with plenty of free play that fosters creativity and individual expression. The curriculum is theme-based and includes daily experiences such as creative art, dramatic play, blocks, pre-math and science, puzzles and other manipulative materials, and fully incorporates literacy learning throughout.
Our toddlers take ample advantage of the glorious wooded setting that greets them here at the Carrot Patch, to study nature and the changing seasons. Social skills such as independence, empathy, caring and sharing are also emphasized with toddlers through interactions with warm, responsible and encouraging caregivers. Every teacher in the toddler program holds at least a Bachelor's Degree in Education or a related field.
Developing secure and trusting relationships is a primary task for infants. Teachers foster this trust through frequent physical contact, sensitive responses to infants' signals (cries and smiles), and mutual delight in interactions. Infants are provided visual and tactile stimulation and opportunities for gross motor activity. Infants at the Carrot Patch enjoy the wealth of snuggling, tummy time, and exploration that our 2:5 ratio encourages.
We are committed to the low teacher:child ratio in our cozy Infant Room because we believe this level of care is necessary to give our smallest "students" the loving attention they deserve. Our program is small, homey, and features a thoughtful focus on early child development. We accept no more than five infants, with two mature teachers to provide their care and encourage their development. The Head Teacher holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Currently, many of our infants have siblings in the toddler and preschool classes, so regular visits among the school community have been met with glee! Openings are limited and siblings are given preference, but spaces do open up from time to time. We are anticipating two full-week openings in January 2014.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP!
Our small school is cozy and warm, situated in a serene, wooded neighborhood setting that offers a wonderful outdoor campus especially suited for nature studies. Our staff is dedicated, nurturing and professional. We welcome your visit, and will happily answer any questions you might have about our program. We feel sure you will find the Carrot Patch to be a unique and welcoming community of learners!
Individual tours are given at 10:30 a.m. on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment. We invite you to bring your family to see for yourself why our desire to be the best early learning center in the area has led to something really special!
P.S. Tuition rates for 2013-2014, and current openings can be found by clicking on the "Activities" Carrot. And don't forget to learn more about our impressive teaching staff by clicking on the "Staff" Carrot.
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