Programs

Curriculum


  • Day Nursery of Abilene uses Frog Street Curriculum a comprehensive, research-based learning curriculum / program that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines.
    • Frog Street for every age child starting at birth. Each infant is exposed to a learning activity in every domain
    • Designed around the latest scientific early brain development research
    • Equips child care staff to nurture and teach those in their care.
    • Optimizes key windows of opportunity for growth and development.
    • Designed with intention and purpose and organized around developmental learning domains (language, cognitive, physical, social and emotional, approaches toward learning)
      • Frog Street Pre-K is a comprehensive, research-based program that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines. Engaging and easy to use for both teachers and children
      • Frog Street Threes provides intentional instruction in key areas of development so children ages 36-48 months can effectively continue on the path to kindergarten readiness.
      • Frog Street Toddler program is designed around the latest scientific brain research and is comprised of 52 weeks of easy-to- use activities specifically created for children ages 18-36 months.
      • Frog Street Infant is designed around the latest scientific early brain development research; Frog Street Infant is designed to build strong foundations for little ones ages 0-18 months.
    • After School Program – uses the FAB 5® Program a fun and motivating activity-based curriculum to teach fundamental nutrition, fitness and health concepts using a lesson plan format.
      • The curriculum and programs provide what’s needed to keep kids moving and learning.
      • aligned with the Five for Life Physical Education Program so kids are hearing consistent messages about physical activity and nutrition in a variety of settings
    • After School Transportation
      • Currently Day Nursery provides after school transportation from 9 elementary schools and to a few schools in the morning for children whose parents go to work before the schools open at 7:30am
      • Transportation is also provided during field trip enrichment activities for preschool age children and school age children during school breaks, holidays and summertime
    • Summer Programming is provided for elementary age children and includes themed weeks, field trip enrichment opportunities and fun-filled summertime fun

Progress Monitoring

  • Developmental checklists used to monitor children’s progress and the achievement of important developmental milestones
  • Progress monitoring an important feature of the school readiness program which assesses initial levels of learning/understanding, progress mid-year and at year end.

Conscious Discipline

  • Emphasizes concept of a “School Family”.
  • Each member of the “school family”—both adult and child—learns the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communicating effectively, being sensitive to others’ needs and getting along with others
  • empowers teachers and other adults
  • A powerful concept used to teach self-regulation!

Meals and Snacks

  • Day Nursery participates in the USDA Child and Adult Food program and follows required guidelines for nutrition and meal patterns.
  • Meals and snacks (including baby food and formula) are provided.
  • 3 nutritious meals and snacks a day (breakfast, lunch & afternoon snack)
    • 50% of a child’s development is based on good nutrition!
    • Introduction to other cultures with meals including black bean salsa, etc.
    • Less juice, more water and low fat milk for children older than 2 yrs.
    • Doing what is right nutritionally for children and to combat childhood obesity
    • Meals are served family style. Family style dining provides a learning opportunity for the children in various ways.
      • Social skills-- - when the teacher and children sit down to a meal together the children feel safe and part of the school family group. This allows them to build on their social skills.
      • Motor skills-- - learning to use serving tools helps refine fine motor skills.
      • Cognitive skills-- - teachers can enhance learning through guided conversation.

All child care staff participating in meal service must have a valid Food Handlers certificate.