Language(s) spoken with children by staff: English
Social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum or approach: Yes
Culturally specific program: It depends on the children currently enrolled. We used to teach for the Siletz tribe, and at that time we culturally supported the tribe.
Educational philosophy or approach: Little Smiles Certified Childcare by Jennifer Chalton proudly adheres to the highest standards of education and care giving. Jennifer’s mission is providing a safe, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate learning environment in conjunction with a quality educational curriculum that assists the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of all children. Jennifer's vision is to provide an environment where all preschoolers can thrive, learn, and grow through their play. I believe that Early Childhood Education is extremely important in order to support school readiness. Family engagement, date-driven decisions, multi-sector partnerships, community participation, sustainable resources, professional development and support, coordinated continuum, and equitable access are important for my preschool program to be successful for my students. My program will follow the NAEYC professional code of conduct. There is great need in our community to better support families and children that may otherwise not have the opportunities to have their children be able to attend preschool because they do not have the financial means to do so without the aid of Preschool Promise. Kate Brown’s grant will have great potential and positively impact the Early Childhood Development students in my certified childcare in order to get the jump start that they desperately need to be successful for their schooling career. I believe that preschool children learn best through their play interactions and socialization with their peers. I try to provide as many opportunities for my students to learn through classroom materials while they are playing. One of my favorite things to hear are children’s questions about what they are learning as they play through their own experiences while watching the sense of wonder on a child’s face. As a teacher, I have been able to see children progress over time using a productive preschool curriculum in order to achieve positive outcomes. I am going to end the program and mission section with one of my favorite Early Childhood Development quotes from John Dewey, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
Years in operation: 4
Unique programs: My program also tends to swing towards a Montessori type of classroom. I use softer colors, Montessori learning materials, try to exclude plastic as much as possible, and try to bring in nature whenever possible into the classroom. I was a Head Start Teacher for the Siletz Tribe. I have been trained to be able to use and wear classroom aids for students that are hearing impaired.
Other services provided: Referrals to service providers such as WESD, parent volunteer opportunities, parenting education
Type of program setting: Family/in-home preschoolFamily/in-home preschool
Mode of learning: In-person instruction
Bilingual preschool program: No
Extended care (before and/or after the Preschool Promise day) available: No
Experience or specialized training: Children with complex medical needs, children with developmental delays or disabilities, children who have experienced trauma/ACEs, dual language learners, children with a physical disability, children with alternative communication systems, children with sensory needs, children with specialized diets or feeding, children in foster care