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Infant / Toddler

Building trusting relationships is most important!

Infants and toddlers need to know they can trust their caregivers to take care of them and meet their needs on a daily basis. By experiencing respectful and responsive care throughout their day, infants and toddlers learn they can count on their teachers for comfort, love, support, encouragement and kindness.

The children are learning how to be respectful of each other by being treated respectfully by our wonderful teachers. These teachers model responsive care, which means they adjust their teaching to meet each child's developmental needs, respond to the child's inner desire to understand and learn about the world around them, and respond to every child's daily needs with love, care and respect

Infant and Toddler Overview:

The Infant Room schedule is the most flexible because each infant brings their own unique rhythm to the classroom. The program is built around their own personal daily schedule. The Toddler Room introduces more structure and routine to promote stability and security which is the foundation for future growth and development throughout the CYC.

Below is a sample of the experiences your infant or toddler may encounter:
  • The practice of primary caregiving: Each caregiver is assigned a small group of children to focus their care and attention on more directly. This helps to strengthen the bond between your child and at least one caregiver who helps the child develop their sense of trust.
  • Gross motor activities such as climbing and riding; and fine motor activities such as sensory table explorations and sorting and stacking toys
  • Various books, songs and finger plays that are culturally diverse and developmentally appropriate
  • An environment that encourages exploration and experimentation using the five senses
  • Quality one-on-one time during care giving routines such as diapering, feeding, napping with plenty of dialogue and conversation to help promote language development



INFANT TEACHERS

Anna Pratt

Anna Pratt


Anna joined the Center for Young Children in the fall of 2016. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Vincennes University. Anna has over 25 years of professional experience working with children from birth to age 12. Anna is married and has two children.
Lori Toombs

Lori Toombs


Lori joined the CYC in 2010 after working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers since 1998. Her goal is to give the infants experiences to help them develop and learn, and to provide their parents with a sense of comfort as they drop their babies off each day. She is a mother of two boys.


TODDLER TEACHERS

Karen Crawford

Karen Crawford


Karen has been working in her career as an early childhood provider since 1995. She joined the Center for Young Children in 2004 as an assistant teacher. Recently, she was promoted to lead teacher of a toddler classroom. She is the mother of three children, a son and two daughters. She is also a proud ‘G’ (grandmother) of five grandsons and 3 granddaughters.
Whitney Harlan

Whitney Harlan


Whitney graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined the Center for Young Children in the fall of 2016. Whitney strives to make her classroom warm and welcoming, which includes celebrating each child as capable and unique.
Laura Prange

Laura Prange


Laura has worked at the CYC since 2010. She is currently a lead teacher in a toddler classroom. She enjoys going to the movies and road trips, especially to Disney World. Her greatest passion is her church camp where she is a director two weeks during the summer.


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