|Posted by Kids Express Team on April 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM|
Welcome Aboard the Kids Express Blog! For those of you that don’t already know, Kids Express is an early childhood school located in Watervliet, NY just minutes away from Latham, Troy, Cohoes, and Albany. Our programs include toddler, preschool, kindergarten, K-Wrap, before care, after care, and school aged after care, and are suitable for children 18 months to 10 years of age.
More than the average daycare, we pride ourselves on having low teacher to student ratios, master’s level teachers, and curriculum that meets the NYS Early Learning Standards. Sure, this is something you hear a lot, but maybe you don’t know what it actually means. So, let me try to explain.
Our low teacher to student ratios means that in every classroom we have a main teacher and one, two or even three teacher’s assistants depending on the number of children. We try to never have more than 16 children at a maximum in a single classroom. This means that your child is getting individualized attention to ensure that they are getting the most out of classroom activities.
In each classroom there is at least one teacher who has earned their master’s degree in the education field. This means that they are practically experts on teaching and that they use what they’ve learned to help your children grow!
Having qualified teachers also means that they know what is going to be expected from them during the rest of their education (like when they enter grade school). NYS Early Learning Standards help set certain goals that should be met in preschool and kindergarten based on what your children will need to know to be their best self. The main goals that are met through these guidelines are having your child grow in the areas of social-emotional, language and literacy, cognitive, physical, and aesthetic development.
Long story short, we know that educators and teachers use certain key words or phrases that may be unfamiliar. Perhaps you don’t know how a child would benefit from going to school as early as 18 months or maybe you just want to know more about your child’s day… This blog will be your cheat sheet to understanding the things you may not know about Kids Express and early childhood education in general.
Author: Amelia Bach, Marketing and Administrative Assistant