At Joy In Learning, we believe that our centers will serve as a basic support for the family. Our role is to enhance and expand the parent's relationship with their child through a program rich in tolerance, encouragement and acceptance.
Our Purpose is to enhance the total growth and development of each child through general and specific techniques of enrichment designed to promote physical adeptness, encourage emotional development, enhance social competence and provide opportunities for cognitive learning.
The objectives of the Joy In Learning Child Care Centers are to:
- Demonstrate through opportunity and informal conversation, the Joy inherent In all Learning.
- Provide an atmosphere of respect and caring for young children and each other.
- Enhance the child's self-esteem while facilitating his or her potential of optimal personal development.
- Schedule a balanced day of activity, rest, nourishment and creative involvement.
- Supply materials and equipment conducive to learning about self, family, community, environment, math and science, music and art, literature and architecture.
Our Infants and Toddlers Program (Pandas) serves children ages 8 weeks through 24 months. With a staff to child ratio of 1:3, our staff is able to concentrate on the needs of each child. Our caring staff is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment while attending to the physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth of your child. Our caregivers offer a wide variety of interesting play experiences in a warm and loving home like environment. Currently, our Panda program is offered only at our Columbia location.
Our Nursery School Program (Koalas) serves children ages 24 to 36 months. With a staff to child ratio of 1:6, our program focuses on socializing in a group environment and self-help skills (i.e. toilet training and washing hands). The children are also introduced to art, music and imaginative play. Our caregivers guide your child through various stages of development as they are physically, emotionally and socially ready. As your child engages in play, he/she increases their vocabulary and language skills, develops their fine and gross motor skills and lays the foundation for higher learning skills and concepts.
Our Preschool Program (Cubs) serves children ages 37 to 48 months with a staff to child ratio of 1:10. The Preschool program supports a curriculum rich in fostering language and literacy development. Each week, children explore themes, incorporating the Seven Domains of Learning (Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music and Physical Development) through a variety of hands-on exploration. Children have the opportunity to complete educational learning activities on classroom computers.
Our Pre-K (Bears) serves children ages 4 and 5 with a staff to child ratio of 1:10. The Maryland State Department of Education approved curriculum includes the domains identified with the Voluntary State Curriculum to provide learning experiences to help children develop and maintain the basic skills necessary for successful school performance. Our lesson plans include arts and crafts, early literacy, language and phonics skills, math, manipulatives, science, social studies, story time, structured play, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, music and technology. Through a program rich in literacy, Joy In Learning strives daily to prepare each child for success in kindergarten.
Joy In Learning offers before and after school care (Grizzlies) at our Annapolis, Columbia and Glen Burnie locations. Our program offers arts and crafts, dramatic play, table games, puzzles, sports and homework time. In addition to the before and after care during the school year, we also offer full day care when schools are closed. Our certified Group Leader will plan fun activities, including field trips on and off site, on full days.
During the summer, Joy In Learning provides a structured summer camp comprised of fun themes to meet the social, physical, emotional and cognitive needs of each child. Activities involve technology, arts and crafts, fieldtrips and outdoor play.
Each summer we plan a variety of field trips. In the past, we have visited such places as local parks, National Zoo, Chesapeake Water Park, Aquatic Center, museums, bowling, skating, Medieval Times, Pirate Adventure, restaurants, movies and the Baltimore Aquarium.