The mission of Noah’s Ark is to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for our community’s children. Noah’s Ark certified staff will promote each child’s social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development through hands on experiences. Our staff will work in a collaborative partnership with each family to set goals and meet the individual needs of each child and their family.
Our Philosophy is based on three principal goals of enabling our children to gain confidence, to impart a strong sense of community and to foster a true love of learning. We provide a warm consistent environment where our children are encouraged to explore, make choices, gain independence, and instill a strong sense of self and a discovery of each child’s unique place in our community.
Noah’s Ark has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria. As a high-quality early childhood program we provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.
The Center Of A Balanced Program- Interest Centers
Room arrangement is more than just aesthetics; it’s a key component of the Creative Curriculum. Noah’s Ark classrooms are arranged into interest centers. These areas encourage a child’s curiosity and ability to explore. Our certified staff members rotate toys regularly and introduce new materials and activities related to the current study within the classroom.
Some examples of our interest centers include:
The library is a place where teachers actively read books to children, tell stories, enjoy listening to recordings, and promote children’s writing.
The block area offers many opportunities for learning through play and construction. When children construct, create, and represent their experiences with blocks, they progress in each area of development and learning.
This center is designed to inspire creative and imaginative play as children explore their experiences by pretending to be someone or something different from themselves. Teachers facilitate children in making up situations and actions that go along with the roles they choose. When children engage in dramatic play, they deepen their understanding of the world and develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
Toys and Games
This interest area includes manipulatives, puzzles, collectibles, matching games, and other games that children can play with. These materials offer children activities that they can do alone, with another child, with a teacher or volunteer, or with a small group. Children strengthen skills in all areas of development as they play with toys and games.
This area is filled with materials that children can enjoy on a sensory label as they create and represent ideas in a visual form. Creative art is another language children use to express what they know and how they feel. This area is a studio for children’s development and learning.