Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center offers innovative programs that incorporate best practices in early childhood education and focus on developing the whole child – supporting social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
Our curriculum promotes the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development of preschool children during one of the most important developmental periods of their lives – the first five years of life.
Play is an essential part of every day. Children at every age level participate in a wide range of fun and developmentally appropriate learning activities. Our classrooms are stocked with books, puzzles, games, dramatic play areas, art supplies, and more. Our secure outdoor play areas allow children to play safely and imaginatively and include a sports court for various activities that help develop gross motor coordination. Fine art projects reinforce weekly themes, allow opportunities for creative expression, and help children develop fine motor skills.
Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center’s Social-Emotional Curriculum focuses on building strong, happy, and resilient children who can succeed socially and academically.
The Center has been awarded grants that allow us to work with the Yale Child Study Center and with the Deveraux Center for Resilient Children on programs that help parents and school staff evaluate and nurture children’s social-emotional growth.
The interactions with the children are based on appropriate developmental pathways, as outlined by an integration of the American Association of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control and the Big Day for Pre-K Curriculum.
Each age group receives support in appropriate developmental milestones. The experiences outlined in our teacher’s daily lesson plans coincide with a sequence of skills taught through monthly thematic units. Learning experiences are presented in a wide range of ways to insure an individualized approach for each child in our care.
Working closely with parents and caregivers, and specialists, as needed, we help children develop self-esteem, self-reliance, awareness of others, compassion, and other social skills.
Our School Psychologist works with teachers and families to guide positive behavior via classroom and small group interaction to address issues identified in individual child assessments.