At Common Ground we have three rooms that we use for our infants and toddlers–one separate infant room and two connected toddler rooms. We transition children between the infant and toddler rooms based on each child’s individual developmental and needs. Therefore, the ages below are approximate. Please contact us for more information on our child-focused process for transitioning children between rooms as they develop.
Common Ground provides wipes to change children’s diapers; parents are responsible for providing diapers. Unlike many area centers, Common Ground does accommodate families that wish to use cloth diapers.
Infants (6 weeks ~ 1 year)
Our infant room provide a secure, flexible environment that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual baby. At Common Ground, a high level of personal contact and appropriate environmental stimulation are used to foster a baby’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Stimulation activities include songs and instrumental music, as well as indoor and outdoor walks (weather permitting), which give babies a change of scenery each day.
We encourage nursing mothers or parents of infants to come to Common Ground to feed or play with their babies at their convenience throughout the day. Our goal is for this earliest “home away from home” experience to be positive for both child and parents. In addition, we also invite siblings to visit with their younger brother(s) and/or sister(s) during the day.
Shoe Policy: To protect babies as they learn to crawl and cruise, as well as protect against the incidents of disease, all baby room visitors must remove their shoes.
Toddlers (~1 – 2 years)
When children are developmentally ready (at approximately one year of age), children transition to our toddler program, which offers a welcoming environment for toddlers to learn to express themselves and think creatively. The room is filled with age-appropriate dolls, building blocks, books, and colorful toys, which we use to encourage safe, creative play.
In this program, we emphasize language usage to express needs and as a tool for social interaction. Numerous music, art, and movement activities are provided to foster the development of a wide range of budding talents. Many songs and games are introduced at this level; books regarding appropriate social skills, colors, and numbers are read to children daily. Furthermore, toddlers are presented with opportunities to practice gross motor skills and develop an awareness of basic social skills. We also promote self-help routines such as eating and hand washing. Walks and playground time (both indoor and outdoor, weather permitting) are provided daily and we serve meals family style, with teachers joining the students at the table.