BCDC has been awarded a 5 out of 5-star rating by Great Start to Quality, Michigan's first rating and improvement system for early learning and care.
Our center prepares children for kindergarten through active learning and hands-on experiences:
Just for a moment try and remember being a child again. You have no responsibilities and everything you come into contact with is a novel experience. A child learns through exploring their surroundings and through using their senses. A child’s job is to learn through these experiences while playing at the same time. So on a particular day you decide to learn what it means to be a cook. You head over to the dramatic play area and take out the food, dishes, the pots and pans and set off for your adventure. As a child you learn through this experience – by exploring, by imagining and by play. In this example, pretending to be a cook, the child had the opportunity to learn math, social skills, and language, which our teachers help facilitate. All while the child is “playing”.
Our center’s curriculum is an active learning environment based on past and current theory and research which states children learn best by doing. “Learning requires actively thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in” (Trister Dodge, Heroman, Colker, EdD & Bickart, 2010). Children are able to play, learn and experiment through the various Interest Areas set up in the classrooms. The children have daily opportunities to extend their learning experiences outdoors, both in the morning and afternoon, to build towers and ships in the block area, to boost their language and literacy skills in the reading and computer areas and to become someone else in the dramatic play area. Bedford Child Development Center feels that a child learns more when the curriculum and the environment is child-initiated and teacher supported. In order for a child to learn, a child needs to be in a safe and nurturing environment which allows the child to feel more at ease and explore those novel surroundings which we offer. Children’s experiences are spontaneous making it fun and enjoyable for the children. As teachers, we provide guidance and offer assistance and ask questions to spark a child’s thinking and imagination. We always make sure that through experiences offered at BCDC we are encouraging the children in our care to learn while at the same time be prepared for kindergarten.
When children are able to follow their interests in a child-initiated environment, with teachers who support the children’s interests – learning takes place. Bedford Child Development Center utilizes a screening process at the beginning of each school year called Ages & Stages to establish a baseline for growth and development for each child. The formal curriculum used at the center is Creative Curriculum which is based on theory and research in child development and how children learn including the strengths, needs and interests of each individual as well as one’s culture and community.
To learn more about Bedford Child Development Center’s curriculum, please visit our curriculum page.
What room would my child go into at your center?
Infant Room: (Ages birth - 12 months)
Our infant room is designed to meet the needs of your child! Parents whose children are on schedules write down those schedules and teachers follow these schedules while here at the center. We found out that it helps the infants with the transition from home to school! Our infant room has the capability to allow the children to play and move around as well as a place to lay our heads when we need to rest. Our infant teachers love our babies - we rock them, cuddle with them, sing and read to them. We take care of our babies as if they were our own. We are a smaller center and only accept 11 infants. State ratio is 1:4 so once there are 5 babies in the room there are two teachers. We do accept babies as early as birth and all teachers are certified in First Aid as well as CPR. We also have our teachers take training in Infant/Toddler Development as well as Safe Sleep/SIDS Training. We would love to have you come by our center and take a look at what we can offer you!
Toddler 1 Room (Age 12 months - 24 months) & Toddler 2 Room (Age 2 years )
Toddlers are the discovering type! As toddlers, we begin to learn many things through our senses. In our two classes, we begin with large group (through music) where we learn our ABC's, counting, shapes and colors. The toddlers learn through all of their experiences, like stacking blocks, sharing with one another, dress up and cooking in the kitchen center. We learn about different animals, and play with puppets. We even learn sign language to communicate with one another. We always have paints, crayons and other craft materials available for the children to use throughout the day. Our toddlers are learning how to be independent early on - we encourage the children to feed themselves during meal times - even though sometimes they make a mess! The children enjoy playing on the playground twice a day and love interacting with the teachers through all of their experiences throughout the day!
Preschool 1 Room: (Age 3 years)
In the preschool 1 classroom, the children learn novel ideas from the experiences and activities provided each day. The day begins with small group experiences based on the children's interests. Some of the items the children may learn about are: colors, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, and rhyming words. The children also enjoy center choice time where the children get to explore and investigate with a variety of different materials and toys. As in other classrooms, we offer natural materials and other items children may come in contact with in their homes. In the dramatic play area, we offer the children the opportunity to explore with real pots, pans, utensils and recycled bottles, cardboard boxes of the foods the children normally see in their kitchens at home. We also provide music and movement time when the children get to dance or play musical instruments while listening to music. Each day we offer large group experiences with story time, felt board stories or puppetry. The children love the arts and crafts area of the classroom where they have the opportunity to choose materials from the shelf and construct art. The children enjoy the outdoor environment which allows a time to explore, learn and play on the large playground.
Preschool 2 Room: (Ages: 4 - 5 years)
As the children arrive each morning, they play in all different centers available. At 8:30 a.m. we begin our school day siting down for large group experience. The children practice counting, letter recognition, phonics, rhyming, and the alphabet through their play as well as during small group experience. Also during small group, the children work on fine motor skills, early literacy, science and math. After small group, the children have the opportunity to plan the morning. The children learn through play by choosing centers they would like to experience. Each child places his/her picture on the center board to signify what center they are interested in to explore, manipulate and learn from. The teachers encourage the children to utilize natural materials which are open-ended to explore with and to use as long as possible instead of specific tasks that have a definite beginning and ending to them. These materials which are provided in the classroom help build the child's interest in certain areas and provide the foundation for learning. After the children learn in the centers of the classroom, they again come together as a large group and recall what they learned in the centers and how they achieved their learning. This is also called, Plan, Do, Review. Later in the morning, the children have the opportunity to work their large motor skills by going outside. We believe the outside play environment is an extension of our indoor learning areas. We also incorporate music and movement in our morning routine where the children lead the activities such as marching, hot potato, dancing or exercising. After a short rest period, the afternoon program commences with a story, conversations about what we did earlier in the day, recalling our memory and discussing the afternoon activities. This includes: a nutritious afternoon snack, outside play or indoor learning experiences in centers held in the classrooms.
All of the materials offered to the children in our program promote and enhance a child's pre literacy/ reading skills, as well as writing, science, and math skills. The program is child-directed with teachers engaging with the children asking open-ended questions to find out information on what the children are interested in and then building their lesson plans from these conversations.