Early Childhood

 
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UCP’s early education program is AdvancEd/SACS accredited and serves children 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten in an inclusive environment.

Our toddler through PreK lead teachers are state certified and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification in both the age they teach and exceptional student education (ESE).

Our approach to learning is purposeful play sprinkled with activities to help each child reach their full potential both educationally and socially through customized education for all young children.

UCP PreK programs, class size and student/teacher ratio meet or exceed all national standards for best practices (Including NAEYC). Our class sizes and staff vary based on the make-up of each classroom.

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Infants and Toddlers

 
 
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Picture your little angel in a warm, comforting environment where teachers love babies and understand how to help develop their self-esteem and sense of security. At UCP Charter Schools, you will find that and more. We recognize the need for your baby to have a close connection with their caretaker; which is why we have one staff member for every four babies. It is our goal to offer your growing baby both group and individual playtime that engages all senses.

Toddlers are busy exploring the world around them. We recognize your child’s instinct to discover how the great big world works. UCP’s toddler programs are led by a group of dynamic, energetic and certified teachers who offer activities built around toddlers’ limitless curiosity. We provide an abundance of opportunities for active toddlers to use their bodies and to learn about their surroundings.

UCP of Central Florida uses The Creative Curriculum® and Baby Doll Circle Time© for our Infant and Toddler Program. The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos is a play-based program. The focus is on creating intentional and developmentally appropriate environments for children to guide them to school readiness. The goals of the curriculum are

  • Social/Emotional Development: To learn about self and others by trusting known, caring adults, regulating own behavior, managing own feelings, responding to other’s feelings with growing empathy, playing with other children, learning to be a member of a group and using personal care skills.

  • Physical Development: Demonstrate basic gross motor skills and basic fine motor skills.

  • Cognitive Development: Sustain attention, understand how objects can be used, show a beginning understanding of cause and effect, show a beginning understanding that things can be grouped, use problem-solving strategies and engage in pretend play.

  • Language Development: Develop receptive and expressive language, participate in conversations, enjoy books and being read to, show an awareness of pictures and print and experiment with drawing and writing. Baby Doll Circle Time focuses on the relationship between caregivers and children and reduces the stress of out of home care. The lessons utilize attachment, atonement and social play to wire the brain for optimal development and helps children develop healthy blueprints for self-regulation, relationships and sense of self.