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naeycThe program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Early Learning Center is an educational child care center for children 3 months to 5 years of age.

The Cole-Harrington Early Learning Center offers a program to meet the needs of working parents of children age 3 months to 5 years of age. The program is located at the Marilyn G. Rodman Educational Center at 960 Washington Street in Canton and is open year round from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program provides childcare to seven infants, eighteen toddlers and thirty preschoolers.

The program is committed to the concept of inclusive education for all children and collaborates with Enable, Inc.’s Early Intervention program to provide individual and group services on site for infants and toddlers with special needs. The program offers childcare services to children attending the Canton public school integrated preschool programs located at the same site thereby supporting regular consultation with specialists and special educators around the needs of shared children.

The program utilizes the High Scope cognitively oriented curriculum and elements of the Montessori philosophy and follows the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s Preschool Frameworks. The daily curriculum is designed to meet children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

A planned learning environment based on developmentally appropriate practice for children aged 3 months to 5 years.

A consistent and predictable daily routine including large and small group times, child and teacher directed activities, and daily outdoor play.

Planned specific teacher-child interactions based on individual needs of each child.

An indoor gross motor room and a well-equipped enclosed outdoor play space.

CURRICULUM

child image The program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to meet children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs and uses an interactive approach to give children hands-on opportunities to explore materials and their environment.