Clayton Early Childhood Center is not a daycare center; it’s a school.
Our teachers aren’t babysitters; they’re professional educators, and they do more than keep your child safe, healthy, and happy while you’re away.
All of our teachers use the research-based Creative Curriculum in their classrooms. Developed by educational publisher Teaching Strategies, Creative Curriculum "support[s] active learning and promote[s] children’s progress in all developmental areas."
Teachers document each student's development and learning in a portfolio that travels with the child throughout his or her time at CECC, and serves as a guide for future teachers.
Whether they’re working with infants, toddlers, or preschool-age children, our teachers think critically and reflectively about their lessons and their students.
Teachers document their observations, both as a means of communication with parents, and a method to assess children’s progress over the short and long term.
As a CECC parent, we involve you fully in your child’s development and learning. This begins even before your child’s first day CECC, when one of his or her teachers will visit your home to meet your family and learn about your goals and concerns regarding your child.
CECC teachers provide formal and informal open communication with families, fostering respectful, reciprocal relationships which ensure continuity for children between home and school.
We also aim to support parents in their efforts, whether they are adjusting to parenthood for the first time, or have experience with older children.
Clayton Early Childhood Center’s low teacher:student ratios allow us to provide personalized care and instruction for each of our students.
While all of our classrooms provide a structured framework as a basis for day-to-day activities, teachers are encouraged to develop their curricula to suit the children in the room, and to customize lessons to address what they observe throughout the school year.
The mansion at 1 Oak Knoll Park provides an ideal, schoolhouse setting for this kind of one-on-one, adaptive learning – there are no strangers in these halls.
At Clayton Early Childhood Center, we believe in fostering relationships not only between parents and their children’s teachers, but also among the families who are the mainstay of our school.
Our Parents’ Organization provides opportunities to come together for education, enrichment, and celebration. Our leadership seeks to involve parents in decision-making for our school, and draw on their wisdom and talents.
In these ways, among others, CECC helps to create a network of knowledgeable advisors and caring peers.
Long-term relationships are at the core of the family-like atmosphere Clayton Early Childhood Center holds dear.
CECC offers a coordinated progression of care from six weeks to five years of age, allowing families to develop ongoing relationships within our school, and offering students a focused, stable, and nurturing early educational experience.
Children enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they move through our classrooms, following in the footsteps of the older children they know and admire. Siblings see each other in the halls and parents grow and learn together, alongside their children.