Our Infant Program

Infants range in age from 6 weeks to 16-18 months. We are licensed for 12 infants and our staff to child ratio is one to four. As infants change so quickly in the first year and a half of their lives, the Little Acorns staff are trained to nurture and help your infant develop the skills they will need as they grow. Each day your child will have time to play with other infants, listen to stories, enjoy songs, and have individual playtime with the teachers. And our monthly theme-based curriculum is used to enhance your infant’s motor, auditory, visual, language, and cognitive skills.

What We Believe About Infants:

Learning to be an infant: my interaction.

Infants are born ready to encounter the world. As their senses continue to develop, they are constantly taking in new sensory information. They use their senses and motor skills as their primary way of learning about the world. Jean Piaget, a child development theorist, referred to this stage as the Sensorimotor stage. Infants do this at first by responding to the world through their reflexes. Later they explore through repetitive actions. And later they use actions to reach goals and to experiment. Infants change and move through these stages very quickly, that’s why in our infant program we individualize curriculum to each child’s abilities and needs providing each infant with opportunities to explore using their senses and motor skills. We also provide learning activities that continue to develop these skills into toddlerhood.

Infants also are also born ready to interact and respond to other individuals. In fact, it is crucial to their development that the interaction they have with their caregivers is positive and results in a secure attachment. A secure attachment is a healthy and close emotional bond that occurs between infants and their caregivers when the caregiver responds to an infant’s cues in a sensitive, responsive, and consistent way. Therefore at Little Acorns, familiar caregivers spend individual time with each infant forming an interpersonal emotional bond that the infant can learn to rely on and trust.