Star Room (12 months to 2.5 years)
Teachers in the Star Room support children as they discover the
world around them. Children at this developmental stage are especially
interested in sensory-motor exploration. The classroom and outdoor
environments are full of materials with various textures, toys
to push and pull, vehicles to ride on, books to read and opportunities
to play with water, sand and other sensory materials. Stars spend
everyday exploring the outdoor playground, running, digging and
investigating the natural world.
The Star Room uses a relationship-based model of care giving,
wherein the teachers get to know each child individually. The
goal is to help the children feel safe, secure and responded to
as they begin to see themselves as individuals and separate from
their parents. Within this framework, Stars work on acquiring
language, increasing gross motor skills and navigating social
Honey Bear Room (2.5- 4 years)
Honey Bear children are very curious and interested in imitating
what they see happening around them. The teachers in the Honey
Bear Room provide a variety of materials and experiences for the
children to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment.
Children at this developmental stage are beginning to play with
their peers, learning to share and take turns. Children in the
Honey Bear Room are introduced to problem solving strategies and
conflict resolution. We see large leaps in development; Honey
Bears are busy working on physical skills, social skills and language.
Room (3.5 to 5.5 years)
The Sunflower children are quickly developing self-confidence
in movement, language and social relationships. They are delving
into the new worlds of numbers and literacy, and are very interested
in learning why things work the way they do.
Teachers make sure the environment is rich in print and stock
the areas of the room with writing and reading materials. They
address children's curiosity about the natural world and cause-and-effect
relationships by encouraging hands-on investigations. The teachers
provide various materials that promote awareness of numbers and
use of counting. Pre-school-aged children are mastering movement
and balance through a variety of dances and games. Teachers facilitate
these activities and help children develop an understanding of
rules to enhance their experiences.
Before and After School Age Care (Kindergarten through
The School-Age program is committed to providing care to children
that continues to be developmentally appropriate.
Children are given opportunities to take responsibility for planning
activities, snack menus and field trips. Active play, crafts and
quiet time for homework or resting are available during the day.
We have science and literacy materials on hand to utilize if the
children show interest. There are also opportunities for children
to do woodworking and community service projects. Choice is built
into each day to capitalize on school-aged children's decision-making
- Also Available for School Aged Children:
- School Holiday and Teacher In-service Care
- Summer Program Full Day School Age Care
The South Whidbey Children's Center is committed to providing
the best possible experience for your children. We believe that
the quality of care children receive is influenced by the working
conditions and educational experience of their teachers. We are
committed to improving wages, benefits, professional status and
providing opportunities for professional development for our teachers.
Sixty percent of Children's Center teachers have a Master's or
Bachelor's degree in child development, education or social work.
All of our teachers participate in continuing education and professional
development. Our commitment to our children and teachers shows,
as the Children's Center enjoys incredible employee retention
with an average retention rate of 7 years!