Infant Childcare & Early Education Programs
We've designed a nurturing, calming environment for your baby to develop and thrive in! Our infant nursery has been designed to provide warmth and security and to respond to your baby’s energy and curiosity.
Your primary caregiver is focused on the individual needs of your baby, and will work with you to mirror your existing routine with bottle times, naps and play times to provide consistency.
While your baby is playing, your little one is also learning. We use our exclusive Brain Connect Infant Curriculum to help your baby reach key developmental milestones, including advanced motor skills, language, cognitive skills and social and emotional development.
Brain Connect Infant Curriculum
Your baby is unique, and so is our infant curriculum. Brain Connect, our exclusive infant curriculum, is designed around the 5 standards of brain development, and ensures your baby progresses toward these important developmental goals:
- Critical thinking
We've created 1000s of play-based activities based on these 5 components of brain development. Each activity is designed for a specific learning purpose.
- Each week your primary caregiver will create an individualized lesson plan for your baby.
- The lesson plan is unique to your child, with at least 6 activities geared towards your child's interests and development goals.
- A new lesson plan is created weekly, though some activities may be repeated.
- The lesson plan is posted in the nursery, so you can always review your baby's weekly plan.
Our Brain Connect Infant Curriculum is framed by Creative Curriculum®, a nationally-recognized curriculum that helps support your baby in developing critical skills. It is one of the only curriculums approved by every State Board of Education in the country.
We also incorporate these programs into our infant daycare and early education childcare programs:
Infants spend the majority of time on their backs (in cribs, car seats, strollers). We practice Tummy Time, allowing them to lay on their stomach while awake and supervised. This helps your baby develop their arm, chest and neck muscles and promotes motor skills, while also preventing the flattening of the back of the head. Tummy Time also helps your baby build the strength needed for sitting up, rolling over, crawling and walking.
Baby Sign Language
In our infant daycare and early education program, your baby will begin learning and using simple signs. Baby sign language teaches your infant how to express his or her needs and communicate emotions and desires using simple signs and gestures before developing the ability to speak. Ask your teacher about these signs so you can also communicate with your baby at home the same way!
Infant Childcare Program's Developmental Milestones
- Lift head
- See objects and follow motions
- Show emotions
- Roll over, sit up, stand with assistance, walk with support
- Emerging language development
- Begin to eat baby food
- Teeth emerge
- Interact with familiar adults
Inside Your Baby's Day
- Your baby’s teacher holds, rocks, sings to, smiles at, and explores the world with your infant
- Tummy time for muscle development
- Individual and small group experiences, so your baby can explore and learn from others
- Time outside to connect with nature
Goals of the Infant Daycare Program
- Increase awareness of environment
- Provide feeling of security
- Stimulate language and intellectual development
- Promote physical growth and sound nutrition
- Develop positive self-esteem
- Downloadable | Developmental Checklists by Age
Our Commitment to Health & Safety
Nothing matters more than your child's health, safety and security. That is why we take every precaution to ensure your child is safe and secure when they spend their day with us.
Every Sunshine House follows our strict health, safety and disinfection guidelines based on current recommendations from the CDC. Each school also has a restricted-entry system, staff trained in first aid and CPR, and most schools have security cameras in all classrooms. Please visit our Health, Safety & Security section for more information.