The Early Childhood Program at the Hand-In-Hand Child Care Center provides childcare services for the families of our Tribal community. We strive to provide the highest quality of childcare through our staff, materials, and parent involvement. The Hand-In-Hand Child Care Center will foster the development of each child through age-appropriate skill development in a learning environment that fosters the child’s health and safety; it’s also a place where we an all have fun. The center also provides support for parents.
The program provides educational experiences that strengthen the growth of each child — emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. Teachers focus on each child’s strengths and weaknesses and provide stimulation through speaking, listening, modeling, and age-appropriate activities to develop self-awareness and self-acceptance. Children learn about themselves and the world around them through cultural activities, games, play, songs, dance, creative dramatics, arts and crafts, stories, special visitors, and field trips.
The day care facility can accommodate over 30 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Each of the center’s five rooms provides care for a specific age group:
• Infant room (6 weeks to 12 months)
• 1 Year Old Room
• 2 to 3 Year Old Room
• 3 Year Old Room
• 4 Year Old Room
The preschool classroom is separated by age for group activities. The multi-age grouping allows for greater social interaction.
There are two playgrounds with sandboxes, climbers, and hands-on equipment. There is a teacher for each classroom, a student teacher for the preschool classroom and toddlers’ classroom, a nurse for the infant room, and a director/head teacher.