What are your operating hours?
SLICC is open on weekdays from 7:30am – 5:30pm.
The Center closes for approximately 10 days during winter break and one week for spring break, in addition to two curriculum days annually.
How do I get on the waiting list?
Complete an waitlist application and return it to us with a $75 non-refundable application fee. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the application. You may return it to us via mail or call to arrange a tour and bring the form and money with you at that time. . We can accept checks, or money orders; no credit or debit cards or cash.
What is your child/staff ratio?
In the infant rooms our child/staff ratio is 9/2. In the toddler rooms, it is 10/2 and 12/2.
What is the education and experience of your staff?
Our four lead teachers have at least 3 years of experience and receive a minimum of 30 hours of additional training annually. Most of our associate and assistant teachers have some college and also receive 30 hours of training annually. All direct care staff are required to pass an FBI fingerprint check and maintain CPR and first aid certification.
What do you do when a staff person is ill?
We are fortunate to usually have enough staff available to have one or two people we can call on to substitute.
What do parents provide?
On a daily basis, parents provide all the food, diapers, lotions, potions, and personal items for their child. Each semester the Center distributes a list of needed general supplies, i.e. tissue, paper towels, texture play items, bubble blowing liquid and the like. Parents also provide time, talent and other resources throughout the year to meet parent workday requirements. The Center could not provide the quality of care for which we are known without this kind of parent involvement.
What is your philosophy and curriculum?
St. Luke Infant Care Center believes in providing a safe, positive and caring environment in which children can explore and learn through play, outside exploration, and developmentally appropriate activities. Our curriculum is based on a blend of both Montessori and Reggio Emilia. Children have daily opportunities to participate in activities to promote growth in each area of development as well as participate in cooperative projects as a classroom group. Building children’s self-esteem, as well as social skills, is an important part of our curriculum and involves the whole St. Luke community emphasizing respect and honor for children, teachers and parents. While we are an outreach ministry of St. Luke United Methodist Church, our program is secular and welcomes everyone from all varieties of spiritual and religious backgrounds.
At SLICC, we use an emergent curriculum based on both Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies. Our teachers use observations to develop individual plans for each child as well as a group plan for the whole class. Reggio Emilia emphasizes teachers and parents as partners in learning with the classroom as the third teacher. Documentation of your child's experiences, including photos and blog posts are shared to a private Shutterfly site for each classroom. Montessori philosophy emphasizes a “prepared environment” that is geared to a child's eye level and size to inspire and encourage natural curiosity and independence as well as a strong sense of self. We believe that the blend of these philosophies brings an innovative approach to learning.