Child Care Curriculum

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At Sunshine Starts in Yorktown Heights, we want to encourage children to learn at their own pace using the methods that work best for their needs. We proudly use the Emergent curriculum, which is developed through careful observation and documentation of your child’s behavior.

Teachers utilize the Emergent curriculum for any age group. Through this curriculum our teachers will:

  • Gain insight into your child’s interests
  • Discover what learning and teaching methods work best
  • Plan lessons around the thoughts, interests, and ideas of your child
  • Gain a better understanding of what your child needs
  • Create an individualized program

It’s no secret that parents want the very best for their children, and at Sunshine Starts in Westchester, we strive to give your child an education that puts their needs first. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, the Emergent curriculum is designed to be responsive to a child’s needs in order to help them develop fully and completely.

At Sunshine Starts, we proudly utilize the Emergent curriculum to encourage teachers to observe and document the behaviors, interests, and ideas of each child to better tailor their education to their needs. After hours of high-level observation, our child care providers will be able to customize a curriculum that will ensure your child is more than just a number in a classroom. In addition to utilizing the Emergent curriculum, we also use the Vine Assessment™ to ensure that our students are meeting all national and state standards.

Utilizing the Continuity of Care Model

In an effort to ensure that your child receives the best possible education, we also follow the continuity care model. This model has been shown to help children thrive in their environment, and at Sunshine Starts, that is just what we aim to do. From September to June, students will stay with the same teacher in the same room to help them feel more comfortable with their environment and improve all aspects of their developement.

Want to learn more? At Sunshine Starts, our goal is to provide your little one with an early childhood education that gives them everything they need to succeed in the future. Our observation-based curriculum, combined with the continuity care model and a safe environment for learning and exploration, makes Sunshine Starts a great place for your child to grow. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule a tour of our Yorktown Heights early learning center!

yorktown heights’ premier child development center and preschool

Recognizing and encouraging even the smallest babies’ innate desire to learn, our experts personally engage with each student while encouraging fine and gross motor skill development.

Structured to serve the unique needs of growing babies, our pre-toddler classes encourage safe exploration and development of physical, emotional, mental, and social skills through play time.

The toddler stage requires more flexibility while encouraging independence in play-based learning. With safe and age-appropriate activities, every day offers new delights for our toddlers.

Combining and integrating a variety of lessons, your preschooler’s teachers will prepare your child for school using proven teaching methods that cultivate a fun learning environment.

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