Day Care

Baker College Early Learning Center
912 S. Washington Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Kendra Nichols
Center Director
(989) 729-3393
kendra.nichols@baker.edu

Phone: (989) 729-3340
Hours : Monday-Friday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm

Eligibility Criteria for Services

Everyone is eligible for our services.
All children are welcomed between the ages of six weeks and 12 years of age.

Overview of Services

The E.L.C. is affiliated with Baker College’s Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) program; as an instructional model for the E.C.E. students on campus under the direction of Lead teachers and E.C.E. instructors. College students have the opportunity to observe many different age groups of children, learning first hand how children grow and develop, and how, as future teachers, they can best assist in this natural process.

Infant Program
This program is offered to children six weeks old through crawling. Each infant has different schedules reflective of their own personalities. It is the role of our infant caregivers to accept each infant’s uniqueness and provide a safe and stimulating environment from which to grow.

 

Wobbler Program
The Wobbler Program is offered to children crawling through approximately 18 months of age, and strives to maintain a smooth transition from the Infant Program to the Toddler Program. The most appropriate teaching technique for this age group is to give ample opportunities for the children to use repetition to practice newly acquired skills and to experience feelings of autonomy and success.

 

Toddler Program (Younger Toddler Group & Older Toddler Group)
This program serves children approximately 18 months of age through 33 months old. Important self-help skills are being acquired during these years, including personal care such as toileting, feeding, and dressing. A variety of activities with many choices are made available to enhance each child’s developmental progress.

 

Preschool Program
The Preschool Program is a combination of 33 months of age to approximately four years of age. Teachers provide many opportunities for children to play independently or with one or two other children, and help children to recognize their developing independence. Children are invited into the program regardless of toilet training capabilities.

 

Older Preschool/Michigan School Readiness Program (MSRP)/Kindergarten
This program is a combination of all children that have met the objectives of the Younger Preschool Program and are 4 years of age and older. Children in this program are offered more experiences that prepare them for a Kindergarten environment. The Michigan School Readiness Program (MSRP) is a free preschool experience that is available to four year old children with two pre-determined risk factors Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The center also provides care for Kindergarteners on the flip side of their public school assignment.

 

School-Age Child Care (S.A.C.C.) Program/Summer Camp
This program is designed for children before and after school (6:00AM-8:00AM & 4:00PM-7:00PM) and days off from public school. In the summer, these children participate in Summer Adventure Camp and go on many field trips.


Parent Involvement/Parent Education Programs
The E.L.C. is committed to working closely with parents toward the welfare of the whole family. Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit the center at any time; both prior to enrolling their child and during the child’s time at the center. There are also many opportunities for parents to participate in classroom activities and events. Parents are encouraged to be a member of the Parent Advisory Committee (P.A.C.) that meets every other month to discuss day to day operations, plan events, and serve as an active participant in their child’s early educational experiences.

 


 

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