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About the Intergenerational Learning Center Programs

The Intergenerational child care program at Providence Mount St. Vincent is divided into four program areas to nurture your child through the early years.

Infants

Six weeks to 16 months of age. Adult to child ratio 1:3. Our infant room is comprised of two spacious, light rooms that allow babies to freely explore and experience through their senses, sounds, textures, visual images and the use of their bodies to enhance all forms of development. Schedules are specific to the individual babies.

Babies, escorted by the teachers, visit residents often - clearly one of our most popular activities! Residents of the Mount are always welcome to visit and can be seen often in the baby room.

Young Toddlers

1 and 2-year olds. Adult to child ratio 1:4. This group of 12 toddlers has ample opportunities to use their emerging physical abilities like climbing, running, using manipulative skills, emptying out bags and purses, painting with sponges, playing with dolls and household items, looking at books, and splashing in water.

Young toddlers go on friendly visits throughout the Mount while riding in a large red wagon pulled by their teachers.

Intergenerational Family Room

18 months to 28 months. 14 children with 3 fulltime staff. Located between nursing center neighborhoods, this classroom gives 2 year-old toddlers the opportunity to be very close to residents. This is a truly shared space between residents and children. Residents use this room for special activities as well as visiting toddlers.

Older Toddlers

24-36 months. 14 children with 3  full-time staff. The transition year from toddlerhood to childhood is full of opportunity to learn about oneself. Our children gain in their abilities to do things on their own, investigating a rich environment for their imaginations, cognitive abilities and physical development. They have both structured and unstructured time with residents. The older toddlers may have sing-a long-time, craft activities and friendly visits accompanied by their teachers as they go throughout the building.

Pre-Schoolers

3-5 year-olds. Adult to child ratio 1:7. Our two preschool rooms are large and spacious for groups averaging 20 children. Each group has regular activities with residents allowing everyone involved to enjoy time together, learn new skills, take part in interesting activities. They may do cooking, crafts, singing and art throughout the year. The children and residents also take part in a structured art studio and music activities, both led by specialists.

The children also go on field trips throughout the year. The curriculum flows from the needs and interests of children, teachers, families and others and is in accordance with the children's developmental needs.

Each area has its own professional staff with the goal of facilitating relationships among the many generations who live, work, and are cared for at Providence Mount St. Vincent.

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