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programs & curriculum

Caterpillar Corner parent partnerships begins in our Infant room, where our dedicated caregivers and teachers’ partner with you to create an individualized care plan for your child. Infant care requires specialized attention. Caterpillar Corner believes in keeping quality and children first. This stage of life is key to an infant’s development. Every aspect of a child’s care, from feeding schedules to sleep routines, is based on the parent’s preference; in an effort to make our program your home away from home. Our teachers and caregivers help your baby develop the essentials for early brain development through our infant program. Our teachers and caregivers provide interactive curriculum activities throughout the day.

Families enrolled in our Infant programs can expect a secure, nurturing, and age-appropriate environment. We want your child to immediately feel comfortable in his/her surroundings. Our caregivers consider caring for each infant to be a privilege and have great respect for the parent partnership. Our experienced, well-qualified caregivers work hard to develop an individualized routine that works well for each child, to respond promptly to the infants’ changing needs, and to keep parents informed every step of the way.

Personalized electronic daily reports accurately summarize all feedings, diaper changes, rest periods, and activity interests. Parents are encouraged to call daily and visit whenever possible.

When children learn to walk, they are called toddlers. The toddler stage is very important in a child’s life. It is the time between infancy and childhood when a child learns and grows in many ways. With each stage or skill the child masters, a new stage begins. This growth is different for each child. During the toddler stage, most children learn to walk, talk, solve problems, relate to others, and more. Caterpillar Corner caregivers recognize that physical, intellectual, emotional and social development are taken place and can be a different timetable for each child. The toddler stage is characterized by much growth and change.

Toddlers bursting with energy and ideas need to explore their environment. Parents need to make sure that they can explore in an environment that is safe and nurturing. Caterpillar Corner staff understand that inquisitive, independent toddlers are growing rapidly and need a safe environment that supports their development. Toddlers begin to participate in structured activities that are designed to promote the development of their fine and gross motor skills, listening and speaking skills, and early literacy skills – all through hands-on exploration and play! Usually between 2-1/2 and three years of age, toddlers begin to take an interest in being toilet trained; our caregivers can assist with toilet training at the parent’s request. And by age three they are ready to be known as preschoolers.

A toddler’s day is structured to provide consistency, but schedules are purposefully designed to be flexible. Caregivers adapt activities and routines to respond to children’s needs and interests.

To document growth and development, teachers maintain an assessment portfolio for each child. Portfolios use photographs, developmental checklists and work samples to provide a record of individual progress. Portfolios are stored in the classroom and always available for parents to view.

Personalized electronic daily reports accurately summarize all their daily activities. Parents are also encouraged to call daily and visit whenever possible.

Click the link below to see Toddlers Day schedule.

The preschool years (ages 2-1/2 to 5) are an exciting time for young children. When they were infants, they developed a trust of their caregivers. As toddlers, they began to establish some independence. Now, as preschoolers, they use this trust and independence to actively explore new forms of play (e.g., pretend play) and new environments (e.g., school).

Preschoolers need to learn how to make choices for themselves and how to feel good about the choices they make. It is their job to “learn to take initiative in socially acceptable ways” (Erikson, 1963).

Preschool-aged children’s style of thinking and learning can best be described as “what you see is what you get,” or reasoning based on the way things look.

Preschoolers learn through a variety of stimulating, hands-on experiences, all designed to support and advance their development and growth. Caterpillar Corner Learning Center encourages children to be creative and have fun while working in small groups. Our staff promotes participation and allow children to make decisions about how they’d like to learn and play.

Our preschool caregivers maintain an assessment portfolio for each child, which tracks developmental progress using photographs, checklists and work samples. Portfolios are stored in the classroom with their journals, alphabet books, and other work in progress. These materials are always available for parents to review.

Each Child will receive a FRIDAY FOLDER. These folders will come home every Friday and need to be returned every Monday. These folders will consist of their homework, completed classroom materials, and any other parent communication. Please take the time to go over your child’s Friday folder.

School Age (5-12 Year Olds)

We understand that your family’s need for safe, supervised care extends well into your child’s elementary school years. Caterpillar Corner provides an educational and fun recreation program, supervised by qualified adults. Students enjoy a balance of planned activities (arts and crafts, games, homework hour) and time to unwind (indoor/outdoor play, reading, drawing). When your school ager attends for a full day, field trips and special events add to the fun.

Before/After School Care – Providing the supervision and structure that school agers need and the fun and flexibility they enjoy, Caterpillar Corner is the ideal program for before and after school care. Each day includes organized games, indoor/outdoor supervised fun, homework hour and time to unwind with friends.  As an added convenience, transportation is provided to and from most Holt Public schools.

Vacation Club – When elementary schools are closed for holidays and school breaks or teacher conferences, our program provides a safe, supervised environment for children to enjoy games, crafts, computers and other creative learning activities.

Stormy Day Club – Inclement weather and emergency school closings create a real problem for working parents, but Caterpillar Corner provides families with a reliable child care solution. Parents know that Caterpillar Corner will be available when needed most.

Do you worry about your older elementary school child after school?
Caterpillar Corner Child Care & Learning Center offers affordable, reliable, fun and safe before and after school care for children up to 12 years old.

Help with homework
If they come here after school our educated staff will help your child start homework and be available to aid with any questions or problems.

A safe place to go before and after school
​School aged children from 5 to 12

  • Help for homework

  • Snack after school

  • Games and activities

  • Group play

Summer Camps

Carnivals, clubs, field trips, academic enrichment, and special events guarantees that Caterpillar Corner Day Camp is non-stop fun. We keep children active through creative learning and fun activities, all supervised by qualified adults.

Flexible scheduling give parents the option to enroll their children for one week, or for the entire summer.

Clubs

Caterpillar Corner Day Camp includes daily clubs!

Sports Club – Team members and peer coaches enjoy team-building activities and organized sports and games, including basketball and soccer.

Swim Club – Campers dive right in and enjoy swimming at local indoor/outdoor town pools. Supervised by trained and qualified staff.

Science & Technology Club – Wonder how that works? Want to take that apart? Creative campers start their experiments here!

Book Club – Campers take some DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read), then bring stories to life with Readers’ Theater, journals, and more.

Field Trips

Hop on board and discover all that your town has to offer. Campers enjoy scavenger hunts at the zoo, picnics at the park and participating in fun activities at museums, farms and other local attractions.

Plus, Camp includes:

  • Organized Sports and Games

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Reading, Movie Time

  • Outdoor and Water Play

  • Nutritious Meals and Snacks