Tiny T-Birds Services
The center offers high quality early care and education for young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
The designated age groups and child to teacher ratios are outlined below:
Infant Room 5 to 1
Younger Toddlers Classroom 6 to 1
Older Toddlers Classroom 8 to 1
Preschool Classroom 12 to 1
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire!” Author, William Butler Yeats
Infant Program: 6 weeks to 12 months
Our infant program ensures that babies receive the personal one on one attention that they need to develop trust for the world around them. Infants are held, cuddled, talked to, and sang to throughout the day. We work closely with parents to develop each infant’s daily schedule. Flexibility with infants is key and our staff understands and appreciates this fact. Parents are kept informed of their child’s activities through a daily log that shows meal times, nap times, and activities. The infant schedule is based on individual needs and development with an emphasis on language stimulation, motor skills, and social interactions.
Younger Toddlers Program 12 - 24 months
When infants are 12 months of age and developmentally ready (drinking from a sippy cup, walking independently, and only taking one mid-day nap), they will move to our Younger Toddlers classroom. At this age, infants are starting to develop a greater independence, but still have a strong need for one on one affection and attention that can best be provided in a small environment. They begin to follow a group schedule and start to work on activities in small groups. Teachers facilitate engaging activities that help toddlers develop in ways that give them the comfort and confidence to develop both cognitively and socially.
Older Toddlers Program 2 (must show readiness for toilet learning - wearing training pants/underwear) to 3 ½ years
Our Older Toddlers classroom allows children more opportunity for growth and development through the use of activity centers and structured group activities. Greater independence emerges at this stage and children are given opportunities to explore and learn through hands on activities. Another big milestone of this year is toilet learning. Our staff is well trained in this area and will work closely with parents to help their child master this important skill.
Preschool Program (3 – 4 years must be independently toilet trained)
Our Preschool classroom offers a variety of learning centers that allow children to become active participants in small-group discussions and to use educational materials to develop their skills in early literacy, math, science, social studies, creative expression, and problem solving. Children at this age seek acceptance by their peers and enjoy social interactions. With this in mind, we provide an environment that nurtures social skill development and encourages confidence and positive self-esteem. Children who are four years of age by August 31st are encouraged to transition into the District Preschool for kindergarten readiness.
The center uses the Arizona Infant and Toddler Guidelines, the Arizona Early Learning Standards, and Creative Curriculum to guide our instruction. CC is the country’s leading scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum for Early Childhood programs. Language Arts, Math, Music, and Science concepts are promoted through play-based learning centers to encourage self-discovery and confidence. The use of songs, games, and art projects ensure that children are learning in a fun and enriching environment. We believe in the value of both structured and non-structured activities. Teachers actively promote learning and development by providing assistance and supports to enable each child to master challenges just beyond their current level. A daily schedule of activities and weekly lesson plans are posted on the Class Info – Crayon Box Display located in each classroom. Should you have any questions, please feel free to speak with your child’s teacher.