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Philosophy

Our keys to success at A place of My Own (APOMO) are Child, Program, Staff and Parents. At A Place Of My Own, we believe that every child is an individual, deserving unique focus and attention. We are sensitive to each child’s emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We want our children to become aware of their own cultural identity, while instilling a respect for others. By teaching the children to become positive members of our classroom community, we in turn are introducing them to their lifelong participation in the community as a whole.

Our program is designed to develop a child’s sense of independence and responsibility. We provide a developmentally appropriate program that provides your child with an environment for success. At APOMO, we encourage our children to learn through play. When your child is here, we want him/her to get dirty! We believe that your child learns best about the environment, making friends and working cooperatively when they are provided with the opportunity to play indoors and outdoors.

We believe the strength of our program lies within the dedication of our staff. We seek out well educated and experienced teachers with a passion for working with young children. Each staff member has unique strengths and abilities that form a community to meet the individual needs of each child, we want to work with you to make sure your child grows and learns in the best possible way!

Curriculum & Daily Routine

We spend our morning (roughly 8:30-11:00) divided into classroom groups for traditional preschool time. The children in each group may range in age but their skills are such that they are compatible.  We do regular evaluations on all children and when necessary children are moved to the next group. During classtime the children will have a chance to play outside, have snack (parent provided), circle time for songs and stories, play inside classroom centers, and participate in art projects around monthly themes relating to the time of year, children’s interests, and holidays. Our Yellow Ducks are children ages 2-3½ and the Red Birds are 3 & 4 year olds. We currently have two classrooms for children going on to kindergarten or TK the next school year; the Brown Bears and the Green Frogs.  To prepare children for kindergarten we use a curriculum called “Get Set for School”. It covers three core areas that lead to kindergarten readiness: reading and writing, language and literacy, and numbers and math. The curriculum is set up in a way that gives the children the opportunity to interact with each other, ask questions and encourage exploration. It is not a kindergarten boot camp, but a program designed specifically for the needs of preschoolers.

Parents provide lunch (about 11:45) and enough food for the child to choose a morning and afternoon snack. Our half day children go home by 12:30 and all children who are full day will have a rest period from 12:30-2:00, parents provide a sheet & blanket. After rest time the children will play together inside and outside and have an afternoon snack (parent provided) at about 3:00. Most of our afternoon is spent together in mixed age groups. One of the advantages of mixed age groups is that each child can seek out his own level, his own speed, his own interests. He can interact with children who are developing the same skills or who have already mastered the skills in which he is working toward. Each child has the opportunity to receive help from others as needed and may act as the helper in return. Thus, the environment provides for the child to act as both learner and teacher.

Children who are not yet toilet trained are welcome, parents bring the diapers we provide the wipes. When it comes to potty training we have found there is a BIG difference between Ready and Curious! All the curiosity in the world will not prepare a child for successful potty training unless they are showing multiple readiness signs. As children begin showing the signs of readiness we can work with you and assist with potty training by offering extra reminders.

How do young children learn most effectively?

Studies have indicated that young children learn best when they:

  • Actively participate
  • Work at their own pace and in their own style
  • Talk with each other
  • Use real, authentic objects
  • Follow their natural curiosity
  • Experiment to find solutions to their own real problems
  • Choose what they want to
  • LEARN THROUGH PLAY

Our Center

At A Place Of My Own, we are committed to providing warm loving care and guidance for your child. We will work with you to make sure your child grows and learns in the best possible way. We are proud of the quality care we provide to all of “our” children here at APOMO. We provide nutritious mid-morning and afternoon snacks. Children provide their own breakfast and lunch. We are licensed for 52 children, ages 2-6 years. Children who are not yet potty trained are welcome.

APOMO is a 501(c) non-profit organization and is run by an Executive Director and parent Board of Directors. We hold monthly Board Meetings and parents are encouraged to attend as we appreciate their input.

Our Staff

 

 

 

Our staff is educated in early childhood and are committed to offering individual emotional support and guidance to your child. We also support our teachers through ongoing education and training opportunities. We provide them with resources and give them the freedom to create a unique learning environment for your child. Because of all these things our staff turnover rate is very low.

Our teachers spend their time listening to, playing with, and talking to your children. They are patient when you child needs help or when they need some extra attention (such as when a new child is adjusting to the center).

Our Board of Directors

We are a non-profit 501(c)  organization which is run by a parent/community Board of Directors. The Board is committed to seeing that A Place Of My Own is operated according to the policies set forth in our by-laws and the guidelines set forth by the state. We encourage your participation.

Parents

Parents are the most important adults in a child’s life. We strongly encourage you to become involved in your child’s education. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. It is because of this that we depend on personal parent participation of our APOMO families. Whether it be flipping burgers at our annual fundraiser, planting in our garden, or donating supplies, we appreciate your support!

 

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