Rise Child Care has earned a reputation in the community for high quality care in a small group setting. Eleven children are enrolled each day in a group that includes both infants and toddlers. The Child Care staff of five provides an excellent child to staff ratio fostering warm relationships among care givers, children and parents.
Families are encouraged to create a strong network of communication with childcare staff by daily notes about their children’s accomplishments, regular family nights and twice a year “parent chats.” These meetings provide the opportunity to review developmental progress and exchange information bridging home and group. We find children’s support is strengthened in a deeper conversation.
The Rise classroom includes a mix of ages and abilities and our curriculum is responsive to the changing needs of the group as the children mature and grow into the routines and culture of the classroom. Staff provide play opportunities to nurture attachment and scaffold learning in a variety of ways. Sometimes described as “emergent curriculum”, our emphasis is on the support of the individual within the group. Our childcare staff with consultation from ESS staff help children make connections with others and with a larger world. Toward that end we provide a variety of simple open-ended activities – sensory exploration, large motor play opportunities, music and art, constructive play, “house play” and other dramatic play, and plenty of small group connections on the couch with books or at tables with quiet activities. Emerging language is supported by careful observation of individual communication strategies, sign language and predictable routines, and staff are trained to use encouraging methods to draw out children’s expression.
The daily schedule includes free choice play time, exploration of the natural world outdoors, walks in the community, nutritious snacks, rest time and large motor opportunities. Infants are supported in developing predictable sleeping patterns and feeding schedules in close communication with families. Our center has received an award from the state for being “breastfeeding friendly” and parents are welcome to visit at any time.
When children are ready for a single nap, the rest time follows lunch and children are settled on mats. Our morning and afternoon snacks are sometimes prepared by the children and in the summertime we grow some of our own vegetables. Mealtimes begin with a social gathering time with rhythm games and songs. We accommodate dietary needs and are attentive to allergies and food safety. Mealtimes provide opportunities for the development of self-help skills, and children are encouraged to help prepare the tables, wash hands, use utensils, select food choices and “bus” their own dishes when they are done eating.
It is in this setting that we are able to offer Play Group to 16-20 toddlers per week. Play Group is funded by United Way. It is open to toddlers who are enrolled in Early Supports and Services and who do not otherwise have an opportunity to play with children around their age. It is often a child’s first time to be dropped off in a play group. Here children can practice emerging skills whether learning to walk, talk, separate from Mom, or play together with friends in a safe and nurturing environment where all children are appreciated.
Therapeutic Play Group
Rise offers playgroup because we know that children benefit in so many ways from playing with other children around their own age. Playgroups are an opportunity for children to play and learn in a safe and developmentally appropriate setting. Playgroup provides not only valuable social and developmental opportunities but also individualized educational and therapeutic support. They are available one or two days a week to toddlers who are at least sixteen months of age and are enrolled in Early Supports & Services.
Playgroups operate from 9:00-11:00 a.m. allowing parents respite while toddlers are attending their playgroup. Playgroups are funded by the United Way.
Space is limited. If you think you might be interested, talk to your home visitor. The playgroup at Rise is not the only available option. You may prefer another group closer to home and your home visitor can help you investigate other options in the community. We look forward to having your child join the group!
What Our Families Say
The following are excerpts from notes from parents as their children graduated from Rise Child Care:
“To all the wonderful teachers and staff at Rise, I have learned how to …wait for my turn…say please, thank you and “No Thank You”!… sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”…use my words instead of my teeth to communicate my displeasure…be curious about bugs…talk to tadpoles…tell jokes…share toys…do the hokey-pokey…make and play musical instruments…say “oh man”…march in a parade…play with shopping carts…make friends…be gentle…get crazy (ok I already knew that!) …give hugs…paint pictures…roll out play dough…glue anything onto paper…not throw toys…be sweet with my baby dolls…smell the flowers…”read’ books…wash my hands…clean the table…help keep the babies safe…use the potty…make friends…live happy…laugh often…love my teachers!”￼
“Rise is a very special place made up of a lot of extraordinary people. We’re so grateful for the exceptional care and nurturing our girls, and their mom and dad, have received here. It’s hard to say goodbye!”
About Our Staff
We are fortunate to have a team that fosters warm relationships among care givers, children and parents. Care givers provide developmentally appropriate activities throughout the day making use of naturally occurring routines such as washing hands and getting ready to go outside to gently encourage learning. Singing, reading books, exploring sensory activities, outside play, growing flowers and vegetables are designed to nourish the child’s curiosity. Care givers are at all times conscious of shaping their own language to not only provide appropriate communication models but also to help children develop language to express their wishes and feelings and navigate the world of toddler play.
Rise serves more than 250 children birth to three annually with early intervention and child care programs.