MEADVILLE CHILDREN CENTER’S PROGRAMMING
Children are grouped by age to engage in developmentally appropriate learning materials and activities. Each room features centers for dramatic play, science, math, building, art, music and movement, manipulatives, reading, and eating. All center classrooms create and implements lesson plans using Creative Curriculum and the PA Learning Standards. MCC utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold, Ages and Stages, and Ages and Stages Social Emotional for child developmental assessments.
INFANT ROOM – DEER
Our infant room cares for babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months. This nurturing classroom encourages our babies to develop, grow, and explore.
WOBBLE ROOM- BUNNIES
The Wobble room is a room of transition for children around the ages of 10-18 months. The Wobble room is designed to add a little structure in a child’s routine, yet it still allows flexibility to meet individual needs.
YOUNG TODDLER- DUCKS
The Young Toddler room cares for children 12 months to 24 months. This classroom is an active learning environment where our 1 year olds love to learn sign language, work on self help skills, learn through play and develop verbal communication skills!
OLDER TODDLER- BEARS
The Older Toddler classroom is a constant exploration of art, play, verbal language, social skills and more advanced self help skills, such as potty training.
PRESCHOOL & PRE-K COUNTS- SQUIRRELS, RACCOONS, OWLS, FOXES
In preschool the children participate in activities that promote independence, self-regulation, and self-help skills. Preschoolers’ verbal, written, and motor skills are encouraged through interaction with other children and guidance from the teachers. The Preschool day features both structured and non-structured activities. Structured time includes circle time and small group projects. The preschoolers’ activities and lessons are guided by Keystone STARS play based guidelines, PA Learning Standards, and Creative Curriculum.
READY, SET, LEARN!
This is a preschool summer program that highlights advanced activities and programming for children heading off to Kindergarten. This program fills up fast and is designed for children needing consistent care throughout the summer months.
SCHOOL-AGE- WOLVES (After-School Care and Summer Camp)
Children in the school aged program have space to unwind after a busy day at school and to continue learning through themes selected by the children. Transportation to MCC is provided by the center at no additional cost. MCC picks up children from Meadville City Schools: First District, Neason Hill, and Second District. Children attending other schools are welcome to attend, but transportation arrangements must be made by parents.
School-Age programming offers full-day care on scheduled school closures and snow days*
During the summer, a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is added to our daily programming to help keep our children active and engaged. This program has been coined, Cognitive Connections, and is an extension of our childcare programming.
OUTDOOR and INDOOR GROSS MOTOR TIME!
One of the strength of the Center is being a part of the Allegheny campus which provides lots of paths and green space for our children to play. The center is located at the north end of campus in the south end old Oddfellows building.
The play-yard is located directly outside the Center and provides a safe and fun environment for the children to play, run, and engage their imagination.
The play-yard was redone in 2009 and changed again in 2013. Updates in 2013 include removing the outdoor climbing equipment and replacing it with more hands-on cooperative learning, dramatic, and gross-motor play items. These improvements follow early childhood educational trends and promote more creative-play opportunities for children.
The younger toddlers have room to play and move on the covered play-porch located off the main hallway of the center.
In the summer, the preschool children are able to take advantage of the playground located on campus.
Active Play when the weather is bad
When the weather is not conducive to outdoor play, children engage in gross motor activities within their classrooms or other spaces within our center. On Fridays, preschool and Pre-K visits the Wise Center to take advantage of great indoor running and playing space!