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 utilize 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 and a sink (both out of reach of children) as well as locked storage facilities.
Infants sleep in heavy duty cribs utilizing emergency mobile bracing in case of fire or earthquakes. Our toddlers sleep on mats. All students can be seen and heard while sleeping, even when in the cribs.
Our enclosed outdoor play area has a cushioned resilient surface and provides age-appropriate outdoor equipment for daily active play.
Curriculum and Daily Routine
Regular daily activities that are part of our curriculum include:
- 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 curriculum for infants and toddlers. Routines promote a close primary 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 when an adult is gone. This builds trust and communicates security and love. Teachers work very hard to greet each parent and student coming into the classroom, and the transition time from parent to teacher is an important one. We work hard 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 for the children who are 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 changing helps the young child to be respectful during this back and forth exchange to gain understanding and trust.
Naps are scheduled for at least twice daily for infants and once for toddlers. Dedicated space for napping allows children to sleep on schedule.
Olivia Andrews has taught at CCS since 2004. 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.
Bridget Crawford started working at CCS in August of 2016 after attending Campbell Church of Christ and helping with childcare for two years. She has two degrees from West Valley College. She has been married since 2004 and has two sons, both of whom attend CCS. Bridget has always felt the Lord guiding her to this school and feels blessed to be a part of this amazing family.
Nancy Dawkins originally started working at CCS in 1977 part time and returned to working with the school in 2001. She was born and raised in San Jose and studied at DeAnza College and UC Santa Cruz Extension. She has 4 daughters, all of whom attended CCS, 2 son-in-laws and 3 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, going to the beach and listening to music on K-Love. She attends Awakening Church in San Jose.
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.
Melissa McAlpin has been working with Infants and Toddlers at CCS for 9 years. She grew up in Fresno, CA and has 3 children. Her family attends Campbell Church of Christ where she helps out in the nursery and her husband is the Worship Minister. She enjoys reading, art, cooking and is passionate about caring for God's precious babies.
Ms. Darlene Mohnhaupt has worked with children for many years. She was widowed in 1995, has raised 7 children, and now has nine grandchildren. She has been serving the Lord since 1989. Her favorite bible verse is Psalm 118:24.
"The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad."
She is thankful for all the Lord is doing in her life.
Maggie Perryman, the Infant Lead Teacher, came to CCS in 1983. She was born and raised in Mississippi and studied Early Childhood Education at Canada College, DeAnza College, and West Valley College. Ms. Maggie has been happily married for several years and has 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She has one granddaughter in the CCS preschool. When Ms. Maggie has free time she enjoys gardening, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. She attends Hollister Church of Christ.