Infant Program

Infants

6 Weeks to 18 Months

Your baby is welcomed into a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment with individual attention and care given to his or her personal needs. Our goal is to give you peace of mind, while we care for your baby in a warm, caring and engaging environment. Basic American Sign Language, physical, sensory and social activities are encouraged as your infant develops. As parents often note, our staff will “…gladly get down and play or give a child a snuggle…” just like home.

 


How We Care

Here at Care-a-lot we recognize how much growth and development occur during the first 18 months of life. Care-a-lot offers individualized care to infants in 3 separate classrooms catering to their rapidly changing developmental needs. Our youngest classroom caters to infants ages 6 weeks to 6 months of age.  In this classroom, first-time parents can be assured that we will follow whatever schedule has been adopted at home. If you do not have a schedule, the teachers will help your baby adjust to a schedule that meets their immediate needs. Our 6 to 12-month-old classroom is designed for infants who may be starting to explore their environment and beginning to move and groove. The equipment is designed for infants who are working on sitting up, rolling over, and beginning to crawl and cruise around the classroom. Beyond that the 12 to 18-month-old classroom is a nice open space where children who are waddling around are free to explore their environment and work on building their walking skills.

Whether your infant drinks formula or breast milk, we are able to accommodate whatever works best for you and your child. Care-a-lot is a breast milk friendly facility. This means that you are more than welcome to come in and breast feed your child at any time or provide fresh or frozen breast milk that our staff will bottle feed throughout the day.  Also, since we follow the CACFP (Child Adult Care Food Program) guidelines at all of our facilities, we will even provide formula, stage 1 baby food and cereal to your child. (All of these items are included in your tuition at no additional cost). Once your infant is ready to try table foods, parents are able to choose “infant-friendly” table foods such as fruits and vegetables that are cut into tiny infant-friendly sizes and portions. As your child grows in their ability to feed themselves, they will eventually enjoy 3 nutritious and infant-friendly meals. All meals are prepared on site.

Lastly, our teachers will establish daily communication with parents and integrate their requests into their child’s routine.  Your infant’s teacher will share developmental information regularly, through the use of daily Care notes that are sent directly to your smartphone.  This allows you to stay informed throughout the day, keeping you involved in your child’s learning and development.

As a very overprotective new mom I struggled with the thought of anyone (bedsides myself or my husband) watching our son. We toured several daycare facilities early on in my pregnancy. The environment and staff at Care-a-lot seemed very welcoming and the location was ideal, only minutes from my work. Making the decision to reserve our spot for our future baby at that time was fairly easy. Fast forward to a few months ago, our son was now 5 1/2 months old and it was time for my husband and I go to back to work. Two staff members at Care A Lot

It was less than a week before our son’s start date and I began to panic...even going so far as to ask my husband to become a stay at home dad. I knew that I was being unreasonable, but I also didn’t know how anyone could care for our son like my husband and I. The first day came and I cried in his classroom, in my car, and at work most of the day. I kept a close eye on the Kangarootime app and I remember Katie posting a photo of our son shortly after I dropped him off. He looked so happy and I knew from that moment that he was adjusting much better than me.

Since that time, each day has gotten easier. I know how much the infant teachers Katie and Leigh care about our son and the other babies in his classroom. They take them for mid morning walks to visit the nearby pond (to see the geese and turtles) and coordinate some pretty adorable photo shoots. For father’s day they even dressed our son up in a golf inspired outfit for a photo shoot, knowing just how much my husband loves to golf. I couldn’t be more pleased with our decision to bring our son to Care-a-lot and they have absolutely eased my worries.

~ Danielle
As a very overprotective new mom I struggled with the thought of anyone (bedsides myself or my husband) watching our son. We toured several daycare facilities early on in my pregnancy. The environment and staff at Care-a-lot seemed very welcoming and the location was ideal, only minutes from my work. Making the decision to reserve our spot for our future baby at that time was fairly easy. Fast forward to a few months ago, our son was now 5 1/2 months old and it was time for my husband and I go to back to work.
~ Danielle
Staff holding an infant

It was less than a week before our son’s start date and I began to panic...even going so far as to ask my husband to become a stay at home dad. I knew that I was being unreasonable, but I also didn’t know how anyone could care for our son like my husband and I. The first day came and I cried in his classroom, in my car, and at work most of the day. I kept a close eye on the Kangarootime app and I remember Katie posting a photo of our son shortly after I dropped him off. He looked so happy and I knew from that moment that he was adjusting much better than me.

Since that time, each day has gotten easier. I know how much the infant teachers Katie and Leigh care about our son and the other babies in his classroom. They take them for mid morning walks to visit the nearby pond (to see the geese and turtles) and coordinate some pretty adorable photo shoots. For father’s day they even dressed our son up in a golf inspired outfit for a photo shoot, knowing just how much my husband loves to golf. I couldn’t be more pleased with our decision to bring our son to Care-a-lot and they have absolutely eased my worries.

~ Danielle