Quality Child Care: Learning Through Practical Experiences

Quality Child Care: Learning Through Practical Experiences

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - AUSTIN, Texas - Dec 20, 2018 - Sandra Jaeger saw a lifetime opportunity when she attended North Dakota State University and found they had a well-established and recognized Early Childhood Development program. Sandra had originally thought she would become an elementary teacher, but with this degree, she realized a way to work with the younger children that she so enjoyed. Through her university program, Sandra established her teaching philosophy.

At Sandra’s home childcare, she wants kids to have a home away from home with all of the learning opportunities a larger facility might have. Her goal is to keep children active with hands-on learning experiences. The curriculum focuses on a letter or learning theme each week, and the learning takes place through music, art, cooking, and as much outdoor involvement as possible. Sandra stays current on needed kindergarten skills to ensure the children are ready to move on from her care. 

Nutrition is emphasized through practical experiences. At Sandra’s home, the children plant and tend a garden. Each week they help with menu planning, take part in a cooking activity and help make their snacks almost every day. Recipes are requested from the children’s homes, and if Sandra can make them credible, she makes them for all the kids to try. 

It is important to educate even the youngest children, not just have a play facility.

Sandra Jaeger

Child Care Provider

Throughout the day, Sandra is creating a home-like atmosphere balancing learning, independence, and fun. She wants children to be confident in their readiness skills and be able to meet new challenges. The joy Sandra finds in seeing them accomplish even the simplest tasks and gaining confidence to carry them to the next level helps her to love the work she does, even more, every day. 

CACFP is an indicator of quality child care. When children are cared for by providers who are part of the CACFP program, they are receiving the best nutrition available. Learn more about other CACFP providers featured in the Member Showcase at CACFP’s website, www.cacfp.org.

Since 1986, the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) is the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It provides education and support to thousands of members in the CACFP community and in particular to sponsors of all sizes from across the country. CACFP strives to improve communication between families, caregivers, sponsors, and their supervising government agencies.

Source : National CACFP Sponsors Association

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