Programs

AN EXTENSION OF LOVE

Quality Child Care in a Homelike Setting in Pleasant Prairie

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Our philosophy is that children learn from play. We’ve created an environment here at Extended Love where children can learn through exploration in a comfortable, homelike environment. We also utilize tools like the “Lets Share” communication tool. You will be invited to join our ELCDC communication app for photos, journal entries, instant messaging, observations, goals and assessments.  It will give you a window into the classroom activities and the ability to really see the kids grow both cognitively and socially.

Personalized Care for Infants

Infants & 1 Year Olds

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Infant Care
4:1 Ratio

Each child is an individual with different needs and comforts. All children need to feel secure and loved. Our caregivers strive to provide them with the type of care that fulfills their needs as well as nourishes their spirit, and helps them grow and develop into a happy, healthy young person.

We provide of our community families a safe and healthy environment with certified caregivers to promote the optimal development of physical and cognitive growth. Our caregivers provide an atmosphere as close to home as possible. Many times throughout the day, they play, hold, sing and interact with the infants.
Upon arrival, you and your child will be greeted by an infant room teacher. They will listen to how your child’s night was, and any instructions you may request of them.
  • Feeding – how much they ate, when they ate
  • Sleeping – including rest and nap times
  • Diaper changes
  • Exploration and play – including several options in the classroom for play as well as interaction with other children on an individual basis or in small social circles
  • Your child’s general disposition
  • Photos
Once a child begins transitioning from jar/third foods to table food, parents can highlight which foods their child may have from our menu and the teachers will incorporate them into the child’s snack/meal time. As they continue this path, more of the Center’s food may be introduced and fewer foods from home will need to be brought in. For breakfast, the little ones will be offered such cereals as Cheerios, Kix, Rice Krispies (no/low sugar). On toast day we have white/wheat toast, jelly, cinnamon or soy nut butter.

Water is offered many times throughout the day. Healthy snacks consist of yogurts, fresh or canned fruits, crackers, cheese and Nutri-Grain bars to name a few. Allergies and food restrictions will be honored on an individual basis.

1-Year-Olds
4:1 Ratio

Our purpose is to provide activities that enhance your child’s need for exploration. Our teachers give your toddler an environment geared toward exploration through safe and organized activities. Each classroom is designed around activity-based centers to encourage and challenge your child each and every day.

One of the major goals in the older ones and 2-year-old program is potty training. We are really excited to be a part of helping you and your child reach this important goal. A thorough explanation and plan is laid out in our Parent Handbook.

  • Gross motor play – Indoor gym includes rocking and riding toys, small climbing structures; outdoor fenced-in playground features large climbing structures, swings and enough space to run off a little energy
  • Fine motor play – Puzzles, stacking toys, action/reaction toys, to name a few
  • Imagination – Prop boxes that contain items to stimulate imagination such as dolls and accessories, kitchen sets with play food and dress-up clothing
  • Language development – Include flannel board stories, visiting our library which includes children’s books, listening to books on tape or just curling up in a soft quiet space in the classroom with an age-appropriate book
  • Music and movement – CD players, musical instruments and puppets
  • Art and sensory – Art materials, sand-and-water table and sensory materials
  • Group activities – several visits to singing songs and nursery rhymes, learning our colors and shapes or exploring books
  • Teacher initiated – child-motivated activities such as music or art
  • Child-driven activities – may include being in our learning centers
  • Quiet time – may include a snuggly story time with a caregiver or lying on a pillow looking through pages of a book
  • Meals, snacks and naptime – to nourish and rest your child’s growing mind and body
  • Outdoor play – weather permitting, we try to get outside twice daily to burn off some energy and develop our motor skills while also learning to socialize and share with peers
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2 Year-Olds (Preschool)

6:1 Ratio-Young / 8:1 Ratio-Older

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Our purpose is to support and reinforce the independence your 2-year-old exhibits by providing fun and challenging activities. Our professional teachers will help your child meet the developmental milestones in an environment that provides freedom with little boundaries, individual attention and praise. Each preschool classroom is designed around activity-based centers to encourage and challenge your child each and every day.

  • Gross motor play – Indoor gym, which includes rocking and riding toys, small climbing structures; fenced-in playground with large climbing structures, swings and enough space to run off a little energy
  • Dramatic play – This center helps your child make sense of their world as they use their imagination and problem-solving skills alongside their peers
  • Games and puzzles – Your 2-year-old will learn math and science concepts and develop fine motor skills by stacking, sorting, counting, putting together (and taking apart!) various objects
  • Art – From coloring with crayons to painting with watercolors, your child will learn hand-eye coordination, small muscle control and problem solving, and may even get a little messy!
  • Music and movement – Use of CD players to get our wiggles out, musical instruments and puppets
  • Sensory – Sand-and-water table, along with an assortment sensory materials
  • Language development – Includes flannel board stories, visiting our library which includes children’s books, board games, listening to books on tape or just curling up in a soft quiet space in the classroom with an age-appropriate book
  • Group activities such as singing songs, learning our colors, shapes, names
  • Teacher-initiated activities such as music or art
  • Child-driven activities, which may include being in our learning centers
  • Meals, snacks and naptime to nourish and rest your child’s growing mind and body
  • Outside time
  • Potty training and self-help skills, including transitioning from diapers to either pull-ups or underwear, and learning to wash/dry our hands on our own and putting coat/shoes off and on
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3K Programs
10:1 Ratio

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By the time your child approaches 3 years of age, he or she is ready to learn new skills and progress through our Preschool Program. 3-year-olds have the ability to express themselves in words and ideas. This ability opens up a whole new social world.

Our skilled teachers customize weekly themes to meet the interests and needs of the children. Preschoolers will learn important “everyday” life skills such as manners, self-help skills and social interaction. Our Preschool Program features various learning centers equipped with developmentally appropriate materials to channel your child’s natural sense of curiosity into educational exploration.

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  • Small motor skills – cutting, drawing, folding or scrunching of paper, tracing shapes, all of which will help promote writing skills
  • Large motor skills – balance beam, obstacle courses, Hippity Hops, scooters, trampoline, swings and climbing equipment. These activities will improve coordination and body control
  • Mathematics – rote counting and recognition of numbers, patterns, size concept (big or small), graphing, awareness of shapes, sorting
  • Dramatic play – Themed prop boxes, puppets, costumes, and role playing inspire creative and imaginative play
  • Cooking – the children learn how food is prepared and how it contributes to their health and well-being
  • Sensory – an array of media, such as sand, water, noodles, rice and bean (just to name a few) helps delight the senses and challenge the children’s minds and promote all areas of development
  • Art – Painting, coloring, gluing, cutting and an unlimited amount of materials are available to allow children to create and represent their ideas in a visual form
  • Morning Circle Time – calendar, weather, Pledge of Allegiance, Helper Chart
  • Center time – Exploring through small groups; art, math, small and large motor, dramatic play, sensory
  • Gym or library
  • Outside time
  • Music and movement
  • Lunch and nap time
  • Story time
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4K Programs
13:1 Ratio

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The 4K classroom at Extended Love CDC is designed to help your child make significant developmental gains, such as communicating successfully and working both independently and in groups.

Our thematic approach is specifically designed to meet the child care and learning needs of 4- and 5-year-old children. This challenging, fun and age-appropriate program engages the child, improving their thinking, reasoning and communication skills.

  • Literacy – vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books and other texts
  • Mathematics – numbers, patterns and relationships, geometry and spatial awareness, measurement, and data collection, organization and representation
  • Science – the physical properties of objects, living things, and the earth and the environment
  • Cooking – the children learn how food is prepared and how it contributes to their health and well-being.
  • Social studies – how people live, work, get along with others, and are shaped by their surroundings
  • The arts – dance, music, dramatic play, drawing and painting
  • Process skills – observing and exploring; problem solving; and connecting, organizing, communicating and representing information
  • Morning Circle Time – calendar, weather, Pledge of Allegiance, Helper Chart
  • Center Time – Exploring through small groups; art, math, small and large motor, dramatic play, sensory, writing
  • Phonics Activity – Word Lightening, Tongue Twisters, Sign Language, ABC Book, Alpha Tales
  • Gym or library time and story time
  • Music and movement
  • Lunch
  • Outside play
  • Rest time
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Before & After School

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Our School Age Program (4 years old to 11 years old) includes options for before school, after school, early-release days and days that Kenosha schools are closed, including Winter and Spring Recess.

Before & After-school care is available before school at 6:15 a.m. and after school until 6 p.m. We are conveniently located next to Pleasant Prairie Elementary School. Students are walked to and from Pleasant Prairie Elementary, Transportation is provided to Local Schools. Currently Nash, Whittier, Stocker, & Prairie Lane.

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  • Homework support – additional space is available in our library for small groups
  • Daily fitness activities that keep your child active and healthy
  • Activities such as large group games, board games, musicals play & talent shows, arts and crafts, science and much more!
  • Opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills through our team-building activities.
  • Scholastic book fairs
  • Week of the Young Child
  • Family nights
If your school-age child enjoys reading, he or she will be able to participate as a “Reading Buddy,” and visit the younger classrooms to read a story to the toddlers. We have a variety of activities to spark your child’s interest such as editing our school newspaper, producing their own music video or play, or just having fun with science, cooking and arts and crafts.Check out our Fall/Summer Programs for information about our Summer Camp program!