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Turn down the private hallway to our infant wing and you’ll be greeted by two classrooms that are noticeably distinct from the rest of the school. If it’s naptime, the lights are dimmed to mimic a night-time environment, with white noise and hushed music playing softly in the background. During the daytime, shades are drawn open to let daylight in from our big, bright windows. A welcoming sign greets visitors and kindly requests that all shoes be removed because our infant wing is a “no-shoe zone”, for the safety and cleanliness of our little crawlers.

Our infant rooms follow state and NAEYC guidelines for teacher to student ratios, and we always have an extra pair of hands on deck. The rooms are fully equipped with top-notch baby equipment, and we follow accreditation and state licensing best-practices for safe infant sleep, feeding, and diapering.

Teachers encourage our infants’ innate curiosity and rapid development by providing a safe and engaging environment with lots of affection. A consistent routine combined with frequent cuddles creates a calm atmosphere in which our infants flourish. Interaction with children is always done in responsive, thoughtful, and intentional ways while carrying out seemingly simple routines.

In addition to specialized infant activities, our babies are given the opportunity to participate in school programs. Infants often join the older childrens’ storytime and music classes, giving the babies a chance to interact with children of different ages and see how they read and dance and sing along to music, too. Our infants have regularly scheduled outdoors time, taking walks outside on our expansive school grounds, many times stopping to linger on a blanket spread out on the grass or play with infant appropriate toys on the playground. Arts and crafts time takes place regularly, with projects displayed in the hallway, showcasing our infants’ growing skills from experimenting with paint and other materials.  

We’d love to meet you to learn more about how Jewish Beginnings’ infant program can best serve your family’s needs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or schedule a tour today!

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