150 Grand Ave. Defiance, OH 43512 419-782-4343 info@closetohomechildcare.com

Curriculum

Give your child a smart start.

At Close to Home Childcare Center and Preschool, we understand what developing minds need to be sucsessful when they start school. The first five years of a child’s live are the most transformative. Just know we are not a typical daycare. Whether your looking for childcare for an infant, toddler, preschool or after school care, we’ve designed our programs so your child can excel at each stage through our state of the art curriculum!

    Our Approach

    • Safe environment so you never need to worry about your child.
    • Nurturing environment so your child feels wanted, supported, encouraged and engaged to learn and discover more!
    • Proprietary curriculum that will make sure your child exceeds at their stage of dev

    “Close to Home Childcare Center has a radical curriculum.

    Every pre-school program should be doing this type of education.”

    — Dr. Fred Coulte

    Engaging Infant’s Program

    Learning occurs rapidly at this stage so we have designed a wonderful program that fosters the development of infant minds and bodies.

    Available to Children as Young as Six Weeks Old

    Our Infant Childcare Program exceeds the standard so call us today to schedule your tour! Our curriculum is created in alignment with the Ohio Department of Education “Creative Curriculum”. We provide a nurturing environment and cater to the individual needs of each infant. Our proprietary curriculum supports the development that your baby needs to succeed.

    COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    Our teachers have the advanced educational toys and learning activities planned daily to promote an environment that learning is fun and exciting. Our infant curriculum will stimulate your child’s brain development to accomplish the following:

    • Responds to music, sounds and directions
    • Explore through toys and art materials to show preferences
    • Responds to stories, props and rhymes
    • Learn to express their needs or desires

    SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Our nurturing environment caters to the social and emotional needs of every child entrusted into our care. We will enhance your infant’s ability to create healthy relationships as well.

    • Respond to name and images
    • Makes facial expressions, sounds, words to express simple emotions
    • Observe and interact with peers and teachers
    • Respond to directions, words and phrases
    • Communicate feelings through facial expressions and simple words

    PHYSICAL & BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT

    Our infant’s program provides the physical and behavioral component to ensure your child is strengthening the muscles and developing manners to last a lifetime.

    • Learns to hold bottle and toys
    • Examines objects
    • Learns to crawl, scoot and walk
    • Pointing at objects and reaching for them
      Respond to all senses (touch, see, hear, taste and smell)
    • Learns to express self

    At Close to Home Childcare Center you can be assured that your infant is in a safe, supportive learning environment that is attentive to their every need. Your infant will be immersed in a curriculum that promotes motor and sensory activities. Schedule your tour today and learn how our infant’s program is a step above the rest!

    Engaging Toddler’s Program

    Developed for Ages 18 – 36 Months

    Our Toddler Childcare Program exceeds the standard so call us today to schedule your tour.
    As your child matures from infant to toddler, our teachers are there to help them explore and develop in our nurturing environment that caters to the individual needs of each toddler.

    Our proprietary curriculum supports the development that your toddler needs to excel! Additionally, for the older toddlers (2.5 – 3 years of age) we have a foundational curriculum that focuses on potty training in our Wee School Program.

    COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    • Learning through sensory play
    • Reinforce reasoning skill
    • Enhance attention span
    • Sharpen memory skills (learning to count/colors/location of toys)
    • Strengthen visual tracking skills
    • Sort and classify objects
    • Watch and imitate

    SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Engaging in conversations (asking and answering questions)
    • Increase vocabulary to enhance communication
    • Build higher auditory skills
    • Interact with peers and teachers
    • Higher level of expression of self
    • Play and learn to share or help peers

    PHYSICAL & BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Learning to run
    • Increasing ability to play games (throw/kick)
    • Communicate at mealtime
    • Learn to help (put toys away)
    • Increase fine motor skills (holding crayons/coloring)
    • Follow simple rules
    • Learns to express self
    • Potty trained

    At Close to Home Childcare Center you can be assured that your toddler is in a safe, supportive learning environment that is attentive to their every need. Your toddler will be immersed in a curriculum that promotes growth and development that takes place quickly at this stage. Schedule your tour today and learn how our toddler’s program is a step above the rest!

    Engaging Preschool Program

    Developed for Ages 3 – 4 Years

    Our Preschool Childcare Program exceeds the standard so call us today to schedule your tour. As your child matures from toddler to preschooler, our teachers are there to help them explore and develop in our nurturing environment that caters to the individual needs of each preschooler. Our proprietary curriculum supports the development that your preschooler needs to be ready for Pre-K.

    COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    • Communication skills to more complex vocabulary
    • Can conduct imaginative play
    • Reasoning Skills further developed
    • Remembers stories/songs and recites parts
    • Creative expression of 2 -3-dimensional artwork
    • Enhance attention span
    • Sharpen memory skills (learning to count/colors/location of toys)

    SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Interact and understand emotions of others
    • Learn take turn and share with other children
    • Carry out conversations
    • Complete activities with confidence (putting on shoes/making artwork)
    • Learn schedule or routine
    • Form relationships with peers

    PHYSICAL & BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Improve on running, jumping and hopping skills
    • Learn to trace letters and shapes
    • Learn the benefit of teamwork with peers
    • Gain independence with self-care skills
    • Strengthen small muscle skills (cutting, tearing, drawing, lacing)
    • Hold and draw with crayons and pencils

    At Close to Home Childcare Center you can be assured that your preschooler is in a safe, supportive learning environment that is attentive to their every need. Your preschooler will be immersed in a curriculum that promotes growth and development that takes rapidly at this stage. Schedule your tour today and learn how our preschool program is a step above the rest!

    Engaging Pre-K Program

    Pre-K School – Year Before Kindergarten

    Our Pre-K Program exceeds the standard so call us today to schedule your tour. As your child matures from preschooler to Pre-K, our teachers are there to help them explore and develop in our nurturing environment that caters to the individual needs of each Pre-k student. Our proprietary curriculum supports the development that your preschooler needs to be ready for kindergarten. During this stage they will gain more independence and be fully ready for the transition to kindergarten. Our passionate and trained teachers will make your child’s “senior year” of preschool to be the best ever!

    COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

    • Higher Memory Skills – Know Days of the week and months of the year
    • Compose Oral Stories
    • Use knowledge to predict scientific experiments
    • Develop plan for completing multi-step projects
    • Complete more challenging activities that require higher focus
    • Creative expression in artwork
    • Reading skills

    SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Interact with peers in respectful and helpful manner
    • Learn importance of resolving conflict collaboratively
    • Describe familiar people, places and things with detail
    • Express emotions through drawing and communication
    • Complete daily activities with confidence
    • Follow and know routine of day

    PHYSICAL & BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Enhanced fine motor skills (write numerals 0 – 20 / write own full name)
    • Complete and understand rules with games that require taking turns
    • Understand and follow simple directions
    • Know table manners and how to set a table
    • Further development of motor skills in daily physical activities
    • Use scissors to cut shapes and can write with greater accuracy

    At Close to Home Childcare Center you can be assured that your preschooler is in a safe, supportive learning environment that is attentive to their needs. Your preschooler will be immersed in a curriculum that promotes growth and development and is ready for kindergarten. Schedule your tour today and learn how our pre-k program is a step above the rest!

    Engaging After School Program

    Full Program for Kindergarten – 5th Grade

    Close to home provides an After School Program in Ayersville for children up to 12 years old. Our focus is to not just help with homework, but provide activities that are fun and engaging so your child will make new friends and learn new concepts. Social development is an important part of role playing. In our program kids get a chance to work together in a fun way with peers to make lasting memories. We make sure we have free time incorporated so kids can be kids and find their passions and interests. Laughter is important to us so we create action-packed activities that foster these opportunities. As kids try new activities they also gain confidence and their desire to learn grows even deeper. Our teachers will encourage your child to think outside the box, try new activities and assist as needed with homework.

    |

    What Our Families

    are Saying

    Close to Home is a warm, wonderful environment where we truly feel each and every caregiver has genuine affection for our daughters. It takes a village, and we credit Close to Home with reinforcing kindness, manners, pre-K readiness, and even potty training! – Sliwinski Family

    Words cannot express the feelings that we as parents had when making the correct decision on childcare for our little ones.The staff is friendly, trustworthy and our children not only have fun but learn as well. We would recommend Close to Home to families like our own; busy schedules and the need for reliable care every day. – Sizemore Family

    Communication with teachers is easy and they’re willingness to work around our schedule is wonderful. Our son has learned so much while attending and we are excited to watch him grow more through the years! – Hindall Family

    The love and support given by Close to Home was unmeasurable. They helped raise and develop our child like he was one of their own and for that we are forever grateful. The communication we received from the teachers by far exceeded our expectations. Anthony graduated from Close to Home beyond ready for early Kindergarten. Thank you, Close to Home, we will forever call you family! – Fritz Family

    Our infant smiles the moment he sees his teachers and our preschooler ends each day recounting all the fun things he did at school. We are grateful for the wonderful staff at Close to Home – they’ve become an important part of our family’s life! – Barnes-Allen Family

    As for many parents, finding someone to give our child the kind of quality care we wanted, was one of the hardest decisions we had to make. The curriculum is outstanding, which not only prepared our son for kindergarten, but made learning FUN; the way it should be. We couldn’t be happier with Close to Home and I’m glad they’ve become part of our family! – Yocum Family

    Contact Us

    We’d love to give you a tour

    and learn about your family’s needs.

     

    Schedule a Tour

    Map

    Contact Us

    150 Grand Ave.
    Defiance, OH 43512

    Hours

    Monday - Friday
    6:00am - 6:00pm

    Follow Us