Early Childhood Education
New Opportunities' NAEYC accredited Early Childhood Development Centers nurture and promote school readiness for infants and children, age 6 weeks to 5 years, by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional and social services.
In an era when the majority of U.S. parents are employed, Early Childhood was established to address the need for high-quality, affordable day care and preschool programs for children whose parents are working, in between jobs or are going to school and have modest means. Parents need to know that while they are occupied, their infants, toddlers and preschoolers are in a caring, structured and safe environment.
New Opportunities Inc. helps children enrolled in their Early Childhood Division achieve the social, emotional, verbal, physical and cognitive goals that will pave the way toward being successful in school and in society at large. The Early Childhood Development Center in Waterbury annually provides early learning and developmental guidance to about 200 Waterbury children.
Parents have an important role in their child's progress as well, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Depending on their age, the young ones benefit from pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multicultural environment. Parents also get support from social services, including assistance with childcare.
Early Childhood's sites are accredited by the Washington-based National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Division is also State-licensed and funded by several State programs. The range of ages served by the centers is covered by blending its various programs, including Infant and Toddler Care; State Child Day Care and School Readiness.
Children are placed in one of three basic age groups:
- 6 weeks to 18 months
- 18 months to 3 years
- 3 years to 5 years
Sessions run full day/ full year, with Centers open Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The full-time staff includes professionals credentialed in the field of education.
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Did You Know?
In 2010, NOI educated 1,250 children in their Early Childhood Education Centers.