Smart Strides Childcare

Make your Child's First step in education
a smart Stride!

THE FIRST TEACHER

 

As your childs' first teacher, you play a big part in how well your son or daughter does in school.

 

PARTNER WITH US

 

Parent involvement is up to you and we encourage you to be as active as you would like.  Together we can help your child get all they can out of their growing years.

PARENT’S ROLE

Belief

Mission Statement:
Smart Strides is dedicated to providing developmentally appropriate experiences to
help build a strong foundation as a first step to a bright and successful future

for all children.  It achieves this through support and communication among its

families and employees.

Philosophy:
Smart Strides is committed to providing a positive and loving environment to

foster growth in all areas of a child’s life.  It accepts children of various ages

regardless of race, color, national origin, or gender.  While engulfing the child

in academic play, it develops their social, emotional, cognitive, motor (fine and

gross), and adaptive skills.  We strive to enable children to form a positive

self-image and grow their creativity by expressing themselves freely.  All of this

is done while gaining independence and self-control.  We do this by nurturing

all areas of development in fun engaging play and activity. 


Program Details

Location: 229 North Ballston Ave, Scotia NY

Normal Hours: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Days: Monday - Friday

Licensed: Yes  NYS Group Licensed

Ages: 6 weeks - Age 12

Capacity: 12 children (no more than 4 under age two) + 4 school age children

Staff: 2 staff minimum at all times when over 6 children (required one staff per 2 infants)

Assistance: Accepts assistance programs       

School District: Scotia-Glenville

Transportation:Not available

Additional Information: Follows Scotia-Glenville school district calendar, offers summer program


Childcare Options

Full Time - Mon-Fri, 5 days a week, 7:30am - 5:30pm

     **2 free weeks of care when a full time 1-year contract is signed**


*** Part Time no longer an option in 2017***

Part Time - 2 or 3 days a week 7:30am - 5:30pm

          

Academics

Weekly theme to keep children excited and interested in learning

Daily lessons:

  • Group (theme related story with related academic whole group activity)
  • Craft centers
  • Calendar time with season, month, and day of the week song, patterning, counting, weather, etc

Activity stations are set up daily for structured morning free play (weekly theme based)

Classroom toys are rotated weekly to coordinated with weekly theme and to keep children interested

Classroom jobs for each student (Rotated weekly)


Meals

Nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack

  • Participates in the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP)
  • Program guidelines ensure appropriate portions per meal from each of the food groups (Proteins, Grains, Fruits, Vegetable) along with milk at each meal 
  • Students self-serve all food and drink from child appropriate containers at meals with assistance and guidance from teachers
  • Multiple surprise visits to ensure healthy and nutritious meals are being served regularly