Infant Care Program

Age Requirement

This program is meant for children who are 6 weeks to 18 months old.

What Children Do at This Stage

Typical behavior and development include the following:
  • Show interest in people or objects..
  • Respond to people in their environment based on their past experiences.
  • Demonstrate strength and control of head, arms, legs and trunk using purposeful movements.
  • Transfer one toy from one hand to another by reaching, grasping and releasing.
  • Use senses and movements to explore immediate surroundings.
  • Express a variety of emotions (e.g., contentment, distress, happiness, sadness, surprise, dislike, anger and fear) through facial expressions, gestures, movement and sounds.

Sample Classroom Experiences

Specific experiences include the following:
  • Participate in developmentally appropriate activities based on the infant’s age and stage of development.
  • Grow in a nurturing relationship with the same primary caregiver who works with the same few babies.
  • Explore and reach for objects by being able to move around freely in a safe place and child size furniture.
  • Actively participate in hands-on play activities like grabbing plastic rings, rolling on a soft blanket, or playing with toys that make sounds.
  • Continue with the same schedules and routines they do at home so there’s follow through of some of the same things while at the program.
  • Listen to the caregiver as they describe what’s happening throughout the day to build lifelong language skills.

Specific Learning Outcomes

Goals include the following:
  • Try new skills and master them such as standing, walking, climbing and moving around safely.
  • Learn meaningful interactions with their caregivers such as how to share, take turns, show kindness and make new friends.
  • Explore the environment and learn about cause and effect, imitate adults during play, and use problem solving skills.
  • Learn new words and understand how a conversation works during daily communication and interactions with their caregiver.
  • Listen to nursery rhymes, songs, and participate in finger plays.
  • Learn basic routines that support the daily schedule at home such as napping, eating, feeding, and playing.

What Parents are Saying

Our search for a preschool began when our daughter turned 2 and Meadows Academy fulfilled our demands with its focus on academic excellence and early character formation. The school provides a clean, safe, and secure environment as well as teachers with advanced degrees in early childhood education. We felt that Meadows gives each student individual attention to help them grow as a whole person in a creative, loving and nurturing atmosphere where learning is challenging and fun for students. Our daughter talks about her teacher all the time and in just 6 months, she’s become more active, more social, and her vocabulary has increased. You can see a change in her and people notice it too. I think it’s because of coming to Meadows Academy.

Meadows Academy Met All Our Expectations, Meenakshi K.

I originally toured Meadows Academy for their Pre-K enrichment program for my 5-year-old son. After the tour and speaking with the Director, I knew it would be a great setting to help him transition to kindergarten next year while gaining the learning tools he would need to succeed. I was so impressed that I decided to have my other 2 children attend Meadows Academy full time. Susan has truly been magnificent. She has gone above and beyond to accommodate our needs and made sure they were fulfilled. I would highly recommend this school.

Great Transition to Kindergarten, Sara R.

When we moved from Korea to Dublin, my husband and I wanted to find a preschool that had a good foundation in academics to help my 2 sons learn English, how to read and master the alphabet and sounds, and provide a good background in math. We also wanted them to become well-mannered and sociable. Meadows turned out to be perfect– it has such an intimate learning environment with small class sizes. At an early age, they are doing Kindergarten-level math and reading, speaking English more, and enjoying their time doing arts and crafts too. Meadows helped my sons adapt to school life and adjust to a foreign culture by providing a nurturing environment and a well-balanced approach to education. My sons enjoy coming to Meadows and they are very happy here.

Good Foundation in Academics, Hearim Y.

My son has been coming to Meadows for the past 2 years and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to send him here.  I’ve met a couple of parents who just don’t feel their kids are ready for kindergarten even though they’ve been going to daycare for the past 3-4 years. But we believe we’re more than ready. My son, for example, finished the entire Saxon kindergarten math this year at Meadows. And it’s not just all academics at the school. Their day is broken up: there’s a time when students do their workbooks and then they play. And the teachers make sure that learning is fun. The other day, they did science experiments and got to learn about worms. They have confidence building activities that I think are fabulous for the children. The children are also taught music. Because of the wonderful work the teachers are doing, I  feel more prepared at home in helping my son do better. I’m very pleased with our experience at Meadows and couldn’t recommend the school any higher.

The Teachers Make Sure Learning is Fun, Alicia N.

If you want your child to get personal attention and an individualized education plan, Meadows Academy is the place to be.  Meadows Academy is a warm and friendly place with teachers who are highly qualified and motivated to make a difference in a child’s life. They emphasize the all-around development of the child with a strong focus on values and character formation. My son has not only gained a solid academic foundation which would help him greatly with his transition into grade school, he also has become more self-confident and a happier child. The teachers take their time to go over the progress of the child with parents. The school encourages parents’ involvement in participating and volunteering in a lot of school projects.  My husband and I have been completely satisfied with the quality of education our son receives and the wonderful teachers who have made a positive change in his life.

Meadows Academy is the Place to Be, Shridhevi V.

In the short time our son attended the Early Preschool Program at Meadows Academy he learned so much. He became more social and eager to play with other kids and he became much more talkative at home. We are so thrilled with the progress he has made so quickly. All of the teachers at the school know our son’s name and they are so patient, loving and kind with all of the kids. We are sad to be moving away as we will miss our Meadows family dearly.

We'll Miss Our Meadows Family Dearly!, Sally S.
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