Program Overview

Higher Learning Child Care Academy offers year-round programming  for children ages birth to 12 years. Our daily activities and program consists of a flexible schedule that has been created to provide diversity and challenges for children in all age groups. 

Our activities include:
  • School readiness skills
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Games and Recreation
  • Introduction to music
  • Spanish
  • Gymnastics
  • Sign language
  • Outdoor play
  • Multicultural activities
We provide experiences that enrich and enhance each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Our highly supportive staff is nurturing, warm and responsive to each child's individual need.

Infants

Our Primary Goals

  • Care for our infants in a warm and affectionate way so each child develops personal self worth, self love, and   love for others.  
  • Allow infants to begin to explore and learn about their world and others in it.
  • Keep our infants safe

How We Do It

  • Cuddling and physical affection
  • Our activities are prepared to stimulate learn through the use of their eyes, ears, fingers, sense of taste, and smell
  • Providing toys and other objects for the development of large and small motor skills
  • Outdoor play time
  • Strict adherence to sanitation procedures, including a shoes off or shoe cover environment
  • Prevent over stimulation
  • Planning so each child has one-on-one time with their teacher
  • Encouraging consistent practices between daycare and home care
  • Open communication with our parents

Toddlers

Our Primary Goals

  • Foster in each child a feeling of autonomy, positive self-concept, independence, and respect of others
  • Meet each child's physical needs and encourage the development of self care
  • Further develop personal exploration of the world as seen from the toddler's eye
  • Prevent over and under stimulation
  • Introduce and develop the love of Christ

How We Do It

  • Provide a loving, caring atmosphere
  • Foster a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach to children's  discoveries
  • Develop social skills by establishing a foundation of respect for others
  • Enrich and encourage language development
  • Present a choice of quality resources for all activity centers
  • Maintain a more relaxed atmosphere in smaller sub groups
  • Teach blessings at lunch, snack, and dinner
  • Introduce Bible stories, finger plays, and songs about God's love for us and our gift of salvation through Jesus Christ
  • Lead the curriculum areas of art, science, cooking, social studies, dramatic play, manipulative activities, and language arts are strongly enriched

2 Year Olds

Our Primary Goals

  • Foster in each child a feeling of autonomy, positive self-concept, independence, and respect of others
  • Meet each child's physical needs and encourage the   development of self care
  • Further develop personal exploration of the world as seen   from the toddler's eye
  • Prevent over and under stimulation 
  • Develop the love of Christ  

How We Do It

  • Provide a loving, caring atmosphere
  • Foster a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach to children's discoveries
  • Develop social skills by establishing a foundation of respect for others
  • Enrich and encourage language development
  • Support toilet training
  • Encourage each toddler to help dress themselves
  • Allow children to assist with various duties at snack and meal times
  • Incorporate freedom of choices during center time
  • Present a choice of quality resources for all activity centers
  • Maintain a more relaxed atmosphere in smaller sub groups
  • Teach blessings at lunch, snack, and dinner
  • Nurture a calm and flexible atmosphere where physical affection is freely given
  • Lead Bible stories, finger plays, and songs about God's love for us and our gift of salvation through Jesus Christ
  • Introduce the curriculum areas of art, science, cooking, social studies, dramatic play, manipulative activities, and language arts are strongly enriched
  • Use large motor skills in outdoor activity
  • Reflect an attitude of Christian belief for the children to see

3 Year Olds

Our Primary Goals

  • Foster in each child a feeling of autonomy, positive self-concept, independence,  and respect of others 
  • Meet each child's physical needs and encourage the development of self care
  • Promote emotional growth 
  • Further develop personal exploration of the world as seen from the toddler's eye
  • Prevent over and under stimulation   
  • Develop  the love of Christ   

How We Do It

  • Provide a loving, caring atmosphere 
  • Build self-confidence and self-worth by allowing choices within limits
  • Enhance independence through teaching how and where to find solutions 
  • Foster a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach to children's discoveries
  • Encourage caring and sensitivity to others
  • Enrich and encourage language development
  • Encourage each toddler to help dress themselves
  • Allow children to assist with various duties at snack and meal times  
  • Incorporate freedom of choices during center time 
  • Present a choice of quality resources for all activity centers
  • Maintain a more relaxed atmosphere in smaller sub groups
  • Create an atmosphere where children discover and explore
  • Teach blessings at lunch, snack, and dinner
  • Nurture a calm and flexible atmosphere where physical affection is freely given
  • Lead Bible stories, finger plays, and songs about God's love for us and our gift of salvation through Jesus Christ 
  • Introduce the curriculum areas of art, science, cooking, social studies, dramatic play, manipulative activities, and language arts are strongly enriched
  • Use large motor skills in outdoor activity
  • Reflect an attitude of Christian belief for the children to see

Pre-K

Our Primary Goals

  • Foster in each child a feeling of self disciplined autonomy and choice, positive self-concept, independence, and respect of others, equipment and materials
  • Further develop personal exploration and curiosity of the world and an enthusiasm for learning
  • Nurture the use of large motor and small motor skills and coordination
  • Incorporate cooperative play
  • Meet each child's physical needs and encourage independence of self care
  • Introduce and develop the love of Christ

How We Do It

  • Provide a loving, caring atmosphere with age appropriate routines, limitations and expectations
  • Foster a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach to children's exploratory behavior and creativity
  • Present a choice of quality resources for manipulative and dramatic play both indoors and outdoors
  • Allow children to assist with various duties throughout the day
  • Incorporate freedom of choices during center time
  • Spiritual growth in the children is promoted through the teaching of Bible Stories, blessings at lunch, snack, dinner and through songs and teacher attitudes

After School / Summer

Our program for the school-age student is designed for the dynamic, ever-changing needs of today's active children. This program emphasizes a safe, organized, and supervised environment that is responsive to the interests and developmental needs of your school-age child. During school holidays and summer months, we offer a full-day schedule, rich in hands-on activities and field trips. 

Our Primary Goals

  • To acquire a sense of industry and productivity.
  • To develop a sense of competence to master or control his or her own environment on physical and intellectual levels.
  • To experience success that is recognized by others, especially peers, resulting in a feeling of positive self-worth.
  • Develop a love for Christ

How We Do It

  • Provide a loving, caring atmosphere with age appropriate routines, limitations and expectations
  • Foster a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach to children's exploratory behavior and creativity
  • Avail encouragement and assistance with homework
  • Encourage participation in interactive team building games and activities
  • Present a choice of quality resources play both indoors and outdoors
  • Allow children to assist with various duties throughout the day 
  • Incorporate freedom of choice in daily activities
  • Spiritual growth in the children is promoted through the teaching of Bible Stories, blessings at lunch, snack, dinner and through songs and teacher attitudes
  • Offer various activities and field trips

Activities

  • Arts/Crafts
  • Cooking
  • Science (S.T.E.M.) Projects
  • Music
  • After-School Newsletter
  • Talent Shows
  • 4-H Programs
  • Carnivals
  • Community Service
  • Money Management
  • Spanish

Summer Camp

A summer camp program is offered during the summer months for children of all ages. The camp is built around weekly themes. Activities include various art projects, music activities, water fun, sports, stories, cooking, theater and field trips. A separate summer program fee is generally charged to help cover transportation cost. Throughout the summer there are usually three or four field trips per week. The children go on trips that help them learn about the world around them and then they come home and journal about all of their experiences. The trips range from museums, movies, nature trails and visits to local businesses to more extraordinary trips to the Imax and state zoo.

Enrichment Programs

Spanish

Children who are exposed to foreign language at a younger age have a much easier time learning and understanding it. Studies have proven that students who study a foreign language earn higher standardized test scores and better grades in school. People who know Spanish are also at an advantage when it comes to finding a job. 

Through games, songs, and other fun activities, your child will learn the basics of Spanish. Hopefully this will develop their interest in the many cultures of the community and world. It is our hope to bring the world to them in the comfort of a classroom environment and teach them a bit about culture and the world around them. 

4-H Club

"I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world." 

The mission of the 4-H Club is to empower youth to reach their fullest potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The 4-H club of Higher Learning Child Care Academy is open to 6-12 year old children. Although the club is hosted by the academy, it is open to any child wishing to participate. Our club operates year-round with meetings being held at least three times a month. Within the club the children are given the opportunity to learn: gardening, arts and sketching, basket weaving, astronomy, astrology, horticulture, and science. Our 4-H Club also welcomes parent volunteers.

Music

Housed in every Higher Learning center is a music teacher with a program targeted directly towards young developing minds. It is our mission to offer a quality music program that will enrich the lives of children through education and entertainment while empowering them to be creative, utilizing their individual talents in a uniquely designed presentation of music that can be enjoyed and retained. 

Karate/ Gymnastic

Gymnastics/Karate at the academy encourages physical activity. The focus of both of these classes is fun, safety, and personal progress. These classes develop strength, coordination, and flexibility. Upon meeting the demanding physical and mental challenges, children see that the harder they try, the more they learn.  

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  • phone: 704-484-9001
  • fax: 704-484-6164
  • barbara@higherlearningchildcare.com
  • 1260 Airport Rd - PO Box 897
    Shelby, NC 28151

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