Enrichment Programs Currently Offered
Our children’s progress is monitored by the use of various assessment tools. Continually, we note observations, record information, compile portfolios, and complete checklists on each child in our care. We review each child’s progress with concerned parents two times per year and offer our knowledge of developmental stages, activities to do at home to encourage mastering of a specific domain of learning.
We focus on various domains of learning: Language and Literacy, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Social Foundations, Social Studies, Physical Well Being, Motor Development, and Science. Each and every day we manage to address the domains of learning in countless ways and through free and structured play and age-appropriate learning opportunities.
Prime Time also has an extensive lending library for parents, where a child can check out a ‘backpack’ of activities and books to take home and work on that reinforces what they are learning at Prime Time and address these domains of learning. There are also books and DVD tapes on a variety of issues dealing with children, from potty training, biting to expecting a baby sister or brother which are available to check out. These evaluation tools are coupled with material to take home and work on ensuring a child will fully understand the concepts introduced as they reflect on what they learned at Prime Time each day.
In addition to providing excellent care, we offer a variety of enrichment programs to make your life easier. We offer these programs throughout the day for a nominal fee so your evenings become your evenings once again.
- Small WorldSmall World
Research has shown that your baby’s first years are critical to success in school and in life. In Prime Time’s Small World we care for babies as young as eight weeks of age in a nurturing, safe and creative world that babies need. Our infant room accommodates six babies. This is a small number, but it allows us to ensure each baby is given the special care they need at their tender age—they are held when eating and throughout the day, diapers changed, cuddled and played with throughout their day just as their parents would do. A caregiver is assigned to care for the babies, monitoring what they eat, drink, noting their bowel movements and developmental milestones accomplished throughout their busy day and sharing them with their parents though digital application. Keeping the lines of communication open so the child’s parents are involved and updated throughout the day.
Our program for them offers a multitude of age-appropriate learning awareness activities, such as singing, dancing, reading, art, indoor and outdoor play, as well as time and opportunity for physical and social development. Our caregivers are extremely sensitive to and have special empathy with parents who entrust their tiny infant to someone else to care for, especially if that someone is not family. Many of us have had that same frustrating and frightening experience and, because of this, know the fears and uncertainties a parent faces. Because of this, we go above and beyond to put parents’ minds at ease, including but not limited to, encouraging drop in, unannounced visits and, if needed, phone calls. This is true not only for our “Small World” infants but for every child in our care. Moreover, at Prime Time, we consider ourselves to be a family and every child an important part of that family. They have become a part of our lives forever and we, theirs.
- Rascals(18 - 36 months)Rascals(18 - 36 months)
Our “little rascals” are busy learning, growing and experiencing the world around them. They are full of wonder and experiencing new adventures at every opportunity. A variety of learning awareness activities are continually introduced to them throughout the day, like singing, reading, art, music, cooking, science, indoor and outdoor and play, both free and structured. Our classroom activities, regardless of the age of the children, focuses on the seven developmental domains of learning at each level of a child’s development. These domains are: personal and social development; language and literacy; mathematical thinking; scientific thinking; physical development; and the arts. Each child engages in a daily schedule of academic activities that are age appropriate and based around their developmental stages. We foster a “learn as you are ready” philosophy; such as, encouraging children to use the potty only when they are physically and developmentally ready. Play is at the root of our planning as we all know children learn through play.
- Changing Seasons(18 - 36 months)Changing Seasons(18 - 36 months)
In Changing Seasons, the classroom mirrors the environment of the Rascals. Here a teaching team plans all activities together. No matter what class your child is in he or she will enjoy participating in stories, songs, finger plays, games, art projects as well as free and structured play activities both indoors and out. These activities introduce concepts that are developmentally appropriate in keeping with the seven domains of learning described in “Rascals”. We give the children in the Seasons lots of opportunities to learn and explore as they are exploring and experimenting with their newly discovered skills. Prime Time’s classrooms are packed full of hands-on activities where children are free to choose, enjoy and learn under the knowledgeable supervision and care of highly qualified and trained teachers; having fun is one of our first considerations for our children.
- Under the Sea(3 – 4 year olds)Under the Sea(3 – 4 year olds)
Our little ones have left their diapers behind and climbed on board for a challenging, fun and educational journey under the sea. We call our children in this age group “little sponges” as they can absorb whatever you offer them. Because of their growing receptivity to a wider range of learning experiences, our teaching plans focus on a wider variety of learning styles as we introduce our early literacy and pre-writing skills. We give the children as much information as we can, allowing them to ‘absorb’ what they can, at their own pace. We focus on teaching them through offering experiences of planned activities that are developmentally appropriate but challenge them in ways they have not been challenged before. We understand that children learn best through play, so a great deal of planning goes into play activities that teach our children and prepare them for the age and group they are experiencing so they can soak it all in and enjoy it too.
- Imagination Station(4 – 5 year olds)Imagination Station(4 – 5 year olds)
When reality meets make~believe and magic happens. In this pre-school classroom children are encouraged to use their imagination for all aspects of learning. Fairy tales and nursery rhymes, virtues and verse in an ongoing process of learning in the Imagination Station. This is a critical time for children, so much to learn, so much to do to get ready for Kindergarten. Reading and handwriting, personal and social development are the focus for our pre-school classrooms as we prepare the children to enter school ready for success and the opportunity to excel and become lifelong learners.
- The Jungle(5 – 6 year olds)The Jungle(5 – 6 year olds)
Children in the Jungle are continually challenged to learn and grown in understanding about their environment. They adopt whales, wolves, turtles and other wildlife. Here they learn not only about animals but more about the world around them. Learning centers are abundant in the Jungle, from math to science, to reading, writing, art, music, table toys, dramatic play, construction and design to soft and quiet spaces for those times they need to relax and unwind. Reading, handwriting, personal and social development are the focus of our pre-kindergarten classroom as we prepare the children to enter school ready for success and the opportunity to excel.
- Before and After School(5 – 15 year olds)Before and After School(5 – 15 year olds)
School age children in childcare need the opportunity to live and learn in a relaxed, home-like environment. Prime Time Youth Activity Center recognizes the growing physical, intellectual, and social competence of school age children. Eager to explore the social world and discover how the adult world works, 5 to 15-year-old children thrive on challenges, friendships, clubs, special programs and individuality. They want to make things, build things, act out dramatic possibilities, explore computers and books, construct, design, and play, but most importantly not be treated like the ‘little’ kids’. They want to discover who they are and pursue their interests. While being treated as the young adults they are, PTYAC reinforces their drive to learn with new challenges and opportunities to make this time a special/fun time for them. Before and after school programs offer a relaxed, balanced program with time to play and learn with friends, finish homework and let off steam. The Summer Camp program offers a wealth of enrichment activities such as indoor and outdoor activities, clubs and field trips. Every day is special and is celebrated in extraordinary ways.
- Crayon Box(4-5 year olds)Crayon Box(4-5 year olds)
Each family has different needs so days and times of this program allow for flexibility. Social, emotional, physical and developmental stages are the focus of the crayon box. Our learning centers offer emerging interest activities with guided activities and experiences necessary at each developmental stage. This program is available for pre-kindergarten children and is housed in our Youth Activity Center.
- Explorers(Kindergarten children)Explorers(Kindergarten children)
Explorers Kindergarten Children are encouraged to explore through self-direction and guided experiences. Choice is key to promoting independence and self-respect. Prime Time focuses on individuality as the children explore the world around them both before and after school and during the summer and school breaks. There is morning and afternoon snack time where children can take time to eat and drink and choose from a variety of snacks. This program is offered to promote independence and freedom to choose. Many of the activities the Explorers participate in are self-guided, self-directed and offer lots of opportunities for exploration.
- Adventurers(1st grade)Adventurers(1st grade)
Each day is and adventure for this group of children. New challenges are placed before them, be it games, sports, friends or clubs. They are also provided opportunities to take responsibility for themselves they independently make choices, pursue interests, learn new challenges and accept opportunities set before them. The atmosphere in the Youth Activity Center is relaxed, balanced with individual and group activities. There is time for eating, relaxing, doing homework, playing with friends, talking to others, sitting alone or with a group of 30 peers. The playground is abundant with creative ‘real life’ experiences, such as sunken boat, playhouses and forts, slides, beach volleyball, tunnels and mountains to climb, fields for games, theater for drama, water misters for those warm days, blacktop with regulation size basketball and scooters to race with, sandboxes to dig in and so much more!
- Travelers(2nd grade)Travelers(2nd grade)
Each day this group of children travel from one adventure to another. New challenges are placed before them, be it games, sports, friends or clubs. They are also provided opportunities to take responsibility for themselves they independently make choices, pursue interests, learn new challenges and accept opportunities set before them. The atmosphere in the Youth Activity Center is relaxed, balanced with individual and group activities. There is time for eating, relaxing, doing homework, playing with friends, talking to others, sitting alone or with a group of 30 peers. The playground is abundant with creative ‘real life’ experiences, such as sunken boat, theater for drama, playhouses and forts, slides, tether ball, beach volleyball, tunnels and mountains to climb, fields for games, blacktop with regulation size basketball and scooters to race with, sandboxes to dig in and so much more!
- Brain-e-yacs and Yackers(3rd – 8th graders)Brain-e-yacs and Yackers(3rd – 8th graders)
Brain-e-yacs and Yackers 3rd to 5th grade School age kids know how fun Prime Time is as they are encouraged to be independent, make choices, and spend time with friends. Focus is placed on building character and life-long lessons in being part of a team, solving problems by finding solutions, being honest, kind, compassionate and respectful of others. Kids are asked to take responsibility and use self-discipline to control their actions, but most importantly, kids are encouraged to be kids! We offer many areas from a gymnasium for active play to an arcade for a little competition between friends to the art center where they can create and explore science, math, reading, housekeeping, blocks and more. The materials are endless as is the fun!
- Yackers(6th - 8th graders)Yackers(6th - 8th graders)
Our Yackers 6th 8th grade school age children are the BIG KIDS at Prime Time. They also are the yackers who have lots to say and even more to do. They have opportunity to work in groups of their peers or alone with no one ‘bothering’ them. In this group lots of opportunity for independence is offered. After they reach 12 years of age they have the opportunity to become Counselors in Training – assisting our Counselors during summer activities and strengthening their skills as they grow and develop into responsible, caring, young adults.
- Summer ProgramSummer Program
Summertime is a special time at Prime Time for sure! There are weekly themes where every day is extraordinary! From the insane to unimaginable, within each theme the campers have the opportunity to create art, experiment with science, read , write, act out, play, run, jump and have fun in the silliest ways.
For our children there are a variety of activities, celebrations and events planned for our Summer Program. The children take part in planning and preparing baseball games, parties, carnivals and festivals to name a few. These activities are incorporated into our weekly themes. The children will experience a travel back in time to the days of the wild west and even back as far as the renaissance period. From cowboys and Indians to kings and queens no two days are the same.
If it is sun you are seeking, there are lots of water play days and sandcastle building with a Beach Bash as a grand finale to a week of fun. The children not only enjoy these thematic days we will also take them on fieldtrips in our very own air-conditioned buses to the water park, skate rink, bowling alley, movies, library, ice cream parlor and so much more. Then there are Clubs. We encourage the children to try their hand at special activities like sewing, gardening, photography, chemistry, arts and crafts and more. These are just a few of the many clubs over the Summer.