Programs & Curriculum
Our Berry Sweet teachers are trained to use the HighScope Curriculum as our educational approach, which emphasizes “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Our teachers offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support and expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions.
We are also partnered with Early Head Start for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old. Early Head Start is a free childcare program also providing diapers and formulas while in care. Families are asked to apply for DCF childcare subsidy before enrolling in the program. Learn more about Early Head Start by visiting their website: http://www.thefamilyconservancy.org/head-start-kansas
HighScope is a comprehensive approach that strives to help children develop in all areas. Our goals for young children are:
- To learn through active involvement with people, materials and ideas
- To become independent, responsible, and confident — ready for school and ready for life
To learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and what they have learned
To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social, and physical areas
American Sign Language
Our Berry Sweet teachers utilize simple signs in the American Sign Language vocabulary while they speak to their children. They sign "eat" when it's snack time or lunch time. They sign "more" before giving more. By reinforcing key spoken words with signs, our teachers provide children with messages both aurally and visually, helping to focus their attention while strengthening the child's understanding of the words and concepts. This helps infants and toddlers discover the meaning of these words sooner while simultaneously giving then a modality to express their needs, desires and observations. This can happen long before they develop the fine motor skills required for verbal speech. Children with special needs gain a means of expressing themselves and connecting with their care-giving adults as well as with typically developing children familiar with ASL signs. Moreover, all children exposed to signs are building a foundation for a second language, American Sign Language, the third most used language in the United States. Here at Berry Sweet we embrace ASL and use it in all of our classrooms as one more tool to help our children learn and communicate.