University School of Jackson

Infant & Toddler Program

Parents who are interested in enrolling their youngest child in the Bruin family should apply for the Infant and Toddler Program. Classes are available Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Children ages 6 weeks to 12 months will be cared for each day in the infant classroom, while those ages 12 to 24 months will be in a separate toddler classroom. The child must be 6 weeks of age by August 15 for the Infants Class and 12 months of age by August 15 for the Toddlers Class.

Please fill out an application for enrollment and submit the $100 application fee.

Infants Classroom: 6 weeks old – 12 months

The infant classroom has spots for eight babies, with a 1:4 teacher ratio and a floater as well. A gated entryway leads into a classroom where parents can drop off their child. All employees are certified in CPR/First Aid and have up-to-date immunizations. A part-time nurse is available on-site.

Cribs are fire drill-appropriate. USJ will supply crib sheets, bibs, burp cloths, and spoons. The classroom is peanut-free. A nursing room is available. Parents are responsible for pre-made bottles/formula/breast milk/all food consumed by the child. Parents are responsible for 4 packs of wipes per month and diapers.

Schedules are based on individual needs, and a daily Activity Sheet is provided for each child. Staff perform regular sleep checks. Time outside is provided each day as the weather permits. No siblings are allowed in the classroom.

 

Learn Every Day Infant Curriculum

 

Toddler Classroom: 12 months – 24 months

The toddler classroom has spots for twelve toddlers, with a 1:6 teacher ratio and a floater as well. A gated entryway leads into a classroom where booties are worn and teachers wear scrubs and yoga pants. All employees are certified in CPR/First Aid and have up-to-date immunizations. A nurse is available on-site.

Low cots are available for sleeping, and 1-2 naps are encouraged. USJ will supply sheets, sippy cups, and silverware. The classroom is peanut-free. The school will provide whole milk, apple juice, and water. Parents have the option to purchase lunch in the cafeteria or send lunch. The school will provide snacks. Parents are responsible for 4 packs of wipes per month and diapers.

Schedules are based on individual needs, and a daily Activity Sheet is provided for each child. Staff perform regular sleep checks. Time outside is provided each day as the weather permits. No siblings are allowed in the classroom.

 

Learn Every Day Toddler Curriculum

 

Learn Every Day Infant/Toddler Curriculum

What We Teach

The Learn Every Day Infant-Toddler Curriculum is an evidence-based program that focuses on the 5 key developmental domains that are aligned with the following national early learning guides: 

Approaches to Learning

Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development and Health

Communication, Language, and Literacy

Cognitive Development

Creative Arts

 

How We Teach

Active learning is at the center of the Learn Every Day Curriculum. The Learn Every Day Curriculum for infants and toddlers enables teachers to focus on developing supportive, trusting relationships with the children in their care. Our baby bruins need to feel safe and supported so they can learn with their whole body and all of their senses. We are laying the  foundation where young children gain knowledge through their natural play and interactions with the environment, events, and other people.


Adult-Child Interaction

Our nurturing staff practices primary caregiving and continuity of care by scaffolding the individual needs and temperaments of infants and toddlers. The key strategies for adult-child interactions are holding, playing alongside infants and toddlers at their level and pace, communicating in give-and-take exchanges verbally and nonverbally, respecting children’s choices and encouraging their efforts, acknowledging children’s strong emotions, and involving toddlers in resolving conflicts.


Learning Environment

We at USJ create rich environments that encourage very young children to explore and discover the world around them, helping them to engage in experiences designed to support their optimal development in all domains.The physical space is safe, flexible, and child oriented to provide comfort and accommodate the changing developmental needs and interests of the earliest learners. The space is organized into play and care areas that serve the needs of infants and toddlers. With nurturing and responsive caregivers as a home base, infants and toddlers are free to move about, explore materials, exercise creativity, and solve problems. 


Schedules and Routines

A consistent routine that accommodates individual children’s natural rhythms and temperaments gives infants and toddlers a sense of security and stability that creates trust between the child and teacher and builds independence as children engage with their environment and the people around them. Each routine is built around daily events and caregiving routines that value infants’ and toddlers’ active learning.


Observation

Ongoing child and program assessment is an underlying component of the Learn Every Day curriculum. Objective observations of children allow teachers to intentionally plan to build on individual and group interests and scaffold development by supporting what children know while gently extending their learning.

For more information about the Learn Every Day Curriculum visit learneverydayabout.com

 

For more information on these options, please contact Laura Moore, Director of Admissions at 731.660.1692 or by emailing [email protected]

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For More Information

Holly Stroup
Assistant Lower School Director and Early Childhood Coordinator

[email protected]

Laura Moore
Director of Admissions

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