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

Programs

Engaging education built into your child’s care.

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 each stage of development.

    “Close to Home Childcare Center has a radical curriculum.

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

    — Dr. Fred Coulte

    Infant Program

    Age 6 Weeks – 18 Months

    We offer a safe, nurturing, creative environment to help infants’ minds and bodies grow.

    Our teachers sing, read, and talk to your child to help stimulate their rapid cognitive and social development.

    • Baby food and formula provided
    • Daily report detailing food, naps and more
    • Age-appropriate toys, games, and music
    • Stimulating activities and group interactions
    Infant Goals
    • Follows moving object with eyes

    • Moved first by rocking, twisting, pivoting

    • Next crawls, scoots, and/or walks

    • Holds and bangs objects as pincher (thumb and forefinger) grasp develops

    • Learns to transfer things from one hand to another

    • Develop small and large motor skills by learning to control body muscles and learning to pick up things and hold them

    • Actively use hands to explore the environment

    • Imitate the sounds of others

    • Realize that objects not seen still exist

    • Recognize familiar objects and people

    • Explore environment in presence of caregiver

    • Copy simple motions, like clapping

    • Eat with fingers

    • Begins to hold bottle and can later grasp a cup

    • Holds arms out to be held

    • Learns to sit up, reach for things, pull up

    Infant Sample Schedule

    Infants will follow their normal schedule as much as possible while at the center.

    An Infant Feeding Schedule is to be completed by the parent prior to enrollment, which states the child’s normal eating habits. Please be sure to update this as needed.

    Diapering will be completed every 2 hours or as needed throughout the day.

    Though a schedule is followed, infants are catered to on a “demand” schedule and will be fed, diapered, rocked and allowed to sleep as needed throughout the day.

     

    6:00 – 8:30 a.m. Arrival / Free Play / Breakfast (6:30-7:30)
    8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Music Stimulation
    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Art Activity
    9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Snack & Clean Up
    9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Outdoor Play / Gross Motor Play Indoors
    10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sensory Stimulation / Clean Up
    11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Lunch / Clean Up
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Quiet Time
    1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Stories / Language Stimulation
    2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Outdoor Play / Gross Motor Play Indoors
    2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Snack and Clean Up
    3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Manipulative Play
    3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Visual / Color Stimulation
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Music Stimulation
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free Play / Clean up / Departure

     

    Toddler Program

    Age 18 months – 2.5 years

    A fun and educational environment which provides classroom level interaction while still maintaining individual nurturing.

    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.

    • All meals and snacks provided
    • Daily report detailing food, naps and more
    • Age-appropriate toys, games, and music
    • Stimulating activities and group interactions
    Toddler Goals
    • Strengthen small muscle skills (cutting, tearing, drawing, lacing)

    • Begins to count, put things in order (sequence) and match objects

    • Can speak in simple phrases

    • Begin learning to respect the rights of others and share

    • Begin to be toilet-trained

    • Can dress self with help

    • Can help put things away

    • Rides tricycles

    • Runs to kick a stationary ball

    • Begins to show left/right handedness

    • Holds a writing tool with a fist or finger grasp

    • Draws with variety of tools (crayons, pens, pencils)

    • Identifies some shapes such as circle, square, and triangle

    • Shows interest in numbers and recites some number words

    • Knows a few color words

    • Potty Training

    Toddler Sample Schedule
    6:00 – 8:15 a.m. Arrival / Free Play / Breakfast (6:30-7:30)
    8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Art Activity
    8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Circle Time / Music & Songs
    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Activity / Clean Up
    9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Snack /Clean Up
    9:45 – 11:30 a.m. Outdoor Play / Gross Motor / Walk
    11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Lunch / Clean Up
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Quiet Time
    1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Stories / Language Stimulation
    2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Outdoor Play / Gross Motor Play Indoors
    2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Snack and Clean Up
    3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Manipulative Play
    3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Visual / Color Stimulation
    4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Music Stimulation
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free Play / Clean Up / Departure

     

    Preschool Program

    Age 3 – 4 years

    Our preschoolers strengthen their cognitive skills (i.e. following rules) and social skills (i.e. learning how to share).

    We introduce concepts relating to language, math, science, and social skills while providing plenty of individual attention to support your child’s unique needs.

    • All meals and snacks provided
    • Age-appropriate toys, games, and music
    • Stimulating activities and group interactions
    Preschool Goals
    • Recognize some numbers (1-10)

    • Correctly count four to ten objects

    • Recognize and name basic colors

    • Identify and draw a square, circle, and triangle

    • Cut with scissors

    • Hold and uses crayons, markers, pens and pencils correctly

    • Match or groups objects according to size, shape, and color

    • Describe how objects are the same or different

    • Follow one and two-step oral directions

    • Recognizing rhyming words

    • Recognize some common words in print

    • Recognize some many uppercase and lowercase letters

    • Recognize some letter sounds

    • Attempt to write own name and recognize own name in print

    • Arrange objects in size order (big to small, or small to big)

    Preschool Sample Schedule
    6:00 – 8:15 a.m. Arrival / Free Play / Breakfast (6:30-7:30)
    8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Learning Center / Clean Up
    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Snack /Clean Up
    9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Outdoor Play / Learning Centers
    10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Learning Activities / Clean Up
    10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Book Time / Hand Washing
    11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Lunch/ Restroom Breaks
    12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Rest Time / Nap
    2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Book Time / Restroom Breaks
    2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Snack and Clean up
    2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Circle Time/ Learning Activities
    3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Outdoor Play / Gross Motor
    4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Learning Centers / Free Play
    5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Activity / Clean Up / Departure

     

    Pre-K Program

    Age 4 – 5 years

    A classroom environment where children are encouraged and challenged to explore and learn through hands-on experience.

    • All meals and snacks provided
    • Daily report detailing food, naps and more
    • Age-appropriate toys, games, and music
    • Stimulating activities and group interactions
    Pre-K Goals
    • Know the days of the week and months of the year
    • Name numerals 0 through 30
    • Write numerals 0 through 20
    • Know first and last name of parents, address, phone number, and birthday
    • Recognize all the letters of the alphabet in order
    • Identify basic sight words
    • Read and write own first and last name
    • Handle writing tools correctly
    • Understand and follow simple directions
    • Use complete sentences
    • Compose oral stories
    • Recognize, duplicate, and extend patterns and relationships of objects, symbols, and shapes
    • Know the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
    • Able to button, zip, and put on/take off coat
    Pre-K Sample Schedule
    6:00 – 8:15 a.m. Arrival / Free Play / Breakfast (6:30-7:30)
    8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Learning Center / Clean Up
    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Circle Time
    9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Snack / Clean Up
    9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Outdoor Play / Learning Centers
    10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Learning Activities / Clean Up
    10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Book Time / Hand Washing
    11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch/ Restroom Breaks
    12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Rest Time / Nap
    2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Book Time / Restroom Breaks
    2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Snack / Clean up
    2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Circle Time/ Learning Activities
    3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Outdoor Play / Gross Motor
    4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Learning Centers / Free Play
    5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Activity / Clean Up / Departure

     

    After School Program

    Kindergarten Students – 12 years old

    Close to home provides an After School Program in Ayersville for children up to 12 years old. Our focus is to help with homework and provide activities that are fun & engaging so your child will make new friends and learn new concepts.

    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, 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.

    • Snacks provided
    • Daily homework time
    • Varied daily programs to keep students engaged
    • Stimulating activities and group interactions
    After School Goals
    • Homework assistance
    • Ignite a passion for learning
    • Enhance confidence
    • Offer different learning opportunities daily
    • Free time to try new activities
    • Increase social skills by working with other students
    • Teach/instill age appropriate manners
    After School Sample Schedule
    3:00p.m. Ayersville students are released
    3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Students meet teachers outside the school/walk to the classroom
    3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Restroom Break / Handwashing
    3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Snack and Drink is Served
    3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Homework Help
    4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Planned Activities / Free Play
    5:45 – 6:00 p.m. Clean-up / Departure
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    What Our Families

    are Saying

    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

    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

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    150 Grand Ave.
    Defiance, OH 43512

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    6:00am - 6:00pm

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