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We prepare children for lifelong learning

From four weeks to 3 years of age, we will engage your child in exciting learning activities specifically designed to meet their developmental needs. Our curriculum emphasizes language and literacy, cognitive development, social-emotional skills, creativity and physical exercise. We also go beyond basic curriculum by instilling positive traits that will lead to a lifetime of success through our life-skills programs.

Choose your child’s age to learn more.

We have created a safe and bright environment for your child to grow and develop. Your child is unique and has already established his/her own personality and patterns. Our qualified staff will work with you and your child to maintain these patterns and ease the transition from home to our center.

Infants begin to develop movements that will have them crawling in no time! As your child begins to explore their world we provide activities to help them thrive. From swings and bouncers to tummy time and educational toys — our rooms provide a safe, soft place to roll over, sit up and begin to crawl.

Just as important as the physical development is your baby’s language and communication development. Our staff interacts with each child, offering opportunities to form relationships, build communication and share songs, stories, hugs and smiles. Using all of their senses, infants will practice their fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination and full body movement until they master those firsts. As they grow, soft tunnels, push toys and pull up bars all help strengthen little muscles. While individual schedules are maintained, group experiences such as the introduction of table food and buggy rides outside of the center help the child experience the world around them.

Finally, our communication with parents is a top priority. A daily sheet is provided for staff and parents to communicate with each other. Parents complete a portion with feeding instructions, contact information and additional instructions. In turn, the staff complete their portion letting you know all about your child’s day.

Children in the Toddler room begin making friends and building relationships, all while growing their own self-esteem and confidence. Activities in this room center on the idea that children at this age are ready to play with their peers rather than playing beside them. Multiple activities are designed to develop fine motor skills. Art and craft time gives children the opportunity to use big crayons, markers and paint daubers to begin pre-writing skills. Sensory tables encourage each child to use all five senses to experience the world around them. Cognitive development is also a top priority, with activities designed to stimulate brain development. Children practice matching and sorting, naming familiar objects, identifying body parts and matching animals to sounds.

Two-week advance notice and payment are required at the time of registration. The enrollment fee is non-refundable.

EmBe childcare financial assistance provides for the needs of youth, families and individuals who cannot afford the full cost of EmBe childcare programs. EmBe is committed to being accessible to all, and works hard to support those who may be in challenging financial situations.

Our goal is to offer a safe, healthy and fun environment for your child(ren). Parents remember to keep their children home if they display signs of illness. We will be following illness exclusion procedures to ensure the safety of our children, families, and staff. We will continue the sanitation of common areas and toys to prevent the spread of illness. We will continue to educate children and staff on specific hand washing techniques.

Q: If my child or anyone in the child’s household exhibits the following symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, trouble breathing, headache, or diarrhea, may we bring our child(ren) for care at EmBe?

A: No. We are only as safe as all of our parents and guardians allow us to be. We ask that you notify your primary care physician for direction and keep your child’s site manager updated.

Q: Are toys allowed from home?

A: No. To reduce the spread of germs, no toys are allowed from home. All EmBe toys, puzzles, books, and games are sanitized between use by children.

Mitchell Toddler room with young girl and boy playing with a toy on a animal pattern carpet
Mitchell Infant girl in pink smiling with toys in the background
Mitchell group of three toddler girls playing with a colorful music instrument with toys in the background