Our Infant/Toddler program is rooted in our belief that positive social and learning experiences are an essential part of early development. By providing an environment where your child can express their feelings and practice negotiation skills in a positive light, they learn the foundation on which to base all future relationships.
The age ranges for children in our program are:
- Infants – 4 weeks to 1 year
- Toddlers – 1 to 2 years
We limit enrollment to 8 infants and 16 toddlers daily and maintain a teacher to child ratio of 1 to 4 for children 2 and below, and 1 to 12 for potty-trained children 2 and up.
Our classrooms are decorated with soft soothing colors, decorative murals, comfortable child-sized furniture, play stations, age appropriate soft climbing blocks and a variety of other readily accessible toys that give children the freedom to choose between quiet or active play. Rooms are also equipped with changing tables, microwaves for food and formula and a sink (both out of reach of children) as well as locked storage facilities.
Infants sleep in heavy duty cribs equipped with emergency mobile bracing in case of fire or earthquakes. Our toddlers sleep on mats and all students can be seen and heard while sleeping in the cribs.
Our enclosed outdoor play area has a resilient cushioned surface and provides age-appropriate outdoor equipment for daily active play.
Curriculum and Daily Routine
Our curriculum includes the following daily activities:
- Bible Stories and Songs
- Small Motor and Large Motor Skills
- Free Choice
- Basic Shapes
- Finger Plays and Flannel Boards
- Dramatic Play
Daily routines such as feeding and diapering are also part of the routine for infants and toddlers. Routines promote a close personal relationship with the caregivers allowing them to provide more responsive care to your child.
Good-byes are a part of everyday life. When you leave your child in our care, or when a teacher leaves, we let even the youngest child know when, where, why, and who will be there to care for them. This builds trust and communicates security and love. Teachers work very hard to greet each parent and student coming into the classroom, as the transition from parent to teacher is an important one. We apply ourselves to make sure that the transition is as calm as possible.
Infant and toddler meals are provided by the parents and are prepared in the room, as this best accommodates individual eating habits. Food is kept refrigerated in the event that the child is not hungry at scheduled mealtimes. Our rooms for the toddler children have nonperishable snacks on hand for hungry growing times.
Diaper changing times are special times for the teacher and child as they connect with each other. The talking time during diaper changes help the young children to be respectful during this exchange and fosters understanding and trust.
Naps are scheduled twice daily for infants and once for toddlers, but extra naps are provided as needed. Dedicated space for napping allows children to sleep on schedule.
Olivia Andrews has taught at CCS since 2003. She attended West Valley College for her early childhood education classes. Ms. Olivia has been happily married for several years and has two boys that attended CCS, one is now in college and the other in the US Navy. Ms. Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and both her boys attended CCS. She attends St. John’s church in Morgan Hill.
Cindy Coffey has a passion for children that started in High School when she taught summer swim lessons to 3-5 year olds. She has Red Cross Certifications to teach swimming & lifeguarding along with an AA in Social Behavior Sciences, and a BA in Recreational Therapy. She also has a teaching credential through CSU Bakersfield and has taught both preschool and First Grade. Cindy is married and has 3 children. Her interest include reading historical fiction and mysteries, watching movies with her kids, gardening, and creating play mats, quilts and toys for babies or toddlers in her extended family and class.
Miss Amber is now works full-time in our Infant Room. She grew up in this area her entire life and enjoys spending time with her family. Miss Amber has three children (two of which are in our preschool) and attends Family Community Church.
Carmella "Mia" Glander has been teaching for 39 years and she has been caring for infants in the CCS Infant center since 2004. She was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but has lived most of her life in California. Mrs. Mia earned her AA degree from San Jose City College and studied Early Childhood Education at De Anza College, West Valley College, Mission College, and UC Santa Cruz. She has two Maltese dogs that she adores and keep her busy. She loves art and interior decorating. She has two daughters and spends a lot of time with the one who lives close. She attends Saint Clare's Mission church.
Angela Strader joined the CCS staff in 2016. She grew up in Florida, received a B.A. at San Jose State and her Early Childhood Education from West Valley. She .is the proud mom of two boys who both attend CCS. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping and exploring new places. She attends Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos.