Quality Child Care in a Homelike Setting in Pleasant Prairie
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, home-like environment. We also utilize tools like the “ProCare” communication tool. When your child joins one of our programs, 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.
Infants & 1 Year Olds
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 happy, healthy young people.
- 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
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.
Our purpose is to provide activities that enhance your child’s need for exploration and our programs are designed around that. 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.
- 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
2 Year-Olds (Preschool)
6:1 Ratio-Young / 8:1 Ratio-Older
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
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.
Just like the rest of our programs, 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.
- 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
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
- Outside play
- Rest time
Before & After School
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.
- 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