PVSchools expands early childhood learning programs

The Paradise Valley Unified School District has expanded its early childhood learning programs beginning this summer. (Submitted photo)

The Paradise Valley Unified School District is expanding its early childhood learning programs with the opening of the Little Cubs at the Arrowhead Early Childhood Center on July 25 at the Arrowhead campus, 3820 E. Nisbet Road in Phoenix.

“Little Cubs is opening to provide our employees and working families an option for childcare in the southern area of the district. Families will have district staff taking care of their children. This is the beginning of their experience with PVSchools,” Jennifer Kelly, childcare coordinator with the Community Education Department, said in a prepared statement.

The center is fully licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The program will be open from 6:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will follow the school calendar, according to a press release.

Classroom ratios for staff and children will be one teacher to five infants or two teachers to 11 infants; one teacher to six 1-year-olds or two teachers to 13; two teachers to eight 2-year-olds; and one teacher to 13 3-year-olds.

Little Cubs will also have an onsite registered nurse, a release states.

Children attending the Little Cubs program will participate in art, music, dramatic play, story time, songs and dance.

“Children are naturally curious. We play with them, introduce toys or activities that are right for their age. We read to them, sing, and dance with them,” Barbara Bush, childcare associate at Pinnacle High School, said in a prepared statement.

Infant and toddlers program

“Our infant and toddlers program will incorporate individual play using developmentally appropriate toys good for both large and small muscles, socialization with children in the classroom, story books, art activities, music, and movement. We also work on toilet training in the Toddler 2 classroom. Children are diapered and fed on a fixed schedule,” Ms. Bush said.

Parents provide diapers and wipes in these classrooms. In the infant room, parents also provide bottles of either breast milk or formula.

Children in the Toddler 1 and 2 Program are fed breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily. Infants nap according to their individual schedule, and children in the Toddler 1 and 2 Program nap after lunch daily.

3-year-old program

“A typical day will include large and small group activities that are developmentally appropriate for 3-year-olds. These will include activities in literature, early math, art, and music, as well as social studies and science,” Ms. Bush said.

“Children will also have the opportunity to choose free choice dramatic play, use large muscles on the playground, develop social skills, and make friends. The children nap after lunch.”

The center provides breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily. Daily reports are provided to parents. These reports include when diapers are changed, nap times, activities completed, food eaten and eating time.

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