- Only state licensed, nationally accredited, inclusive child care center in Anderson
- Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Paths to QUALITY level 4 program
- On My Way Pre-K provider
- Open Monday-Friday from 6:30am to 5:30pm
- Full-Time, Part-Time & Daily Rates available
- Serve children ages 1-6 year round
- Before & after school care
- S.T.E.M. school-age program for children ages 6-12 during school breaks (Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer)
- Developmentally appropriate activities to prepare children for school and life
- Play-based learning environment
- Large gym, small gym, sensory integration gym and playgrounds
- Secure building
- All teaching staff are First Aid and CPR certified
- Highly Qualified and Experienced Staff
- Creative Curriculum and Ages and Stages assessment used in the classrooms
- Enrolling year round
Here at Gateway Developmental Learning Center, we use the Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum helps our teachers plan and implement activities that promote children’s development of language, cognitive, physical, and social-emotional skills. It supports learning through play in the content areas of literacy, math, science, health, the arts, and social studies. The Creative Curriculum guides our teachers in creating enriching learning centers throughout the classroom so that children can explore and develop at their own pace and in their own, unique way. The curriculum is based on the latest research in child development and learning to create a strong foundation and a fresh approach to early childhood education- one that honors creativity and respects the role that families and teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child in our program.
Ages and Stages is a screening system composed of questionnaires designed to be completed by parents or other primary caregivers. The questionnaires can accurately identify children who are in need of further assessment to determine whether they are eligible for early intervention or early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) services.
The questionnaires can be used for several important purposes. First, they can be used for comprehensive, first-level screening of infants and young children. Second, the questionnaires can be used to monitor the development of children who are at risk for developmental disabilities or delays resulting from medical factors. Lastly, the information on the questionnaires helps teachers gather family input and information on each child.
The information from the questionnaires is used for discussion during parent/teacher conferences, and while creating lesson plans to individualize the developmentally appropriate activities being used in the classroom.
Paths to QUALITY (PTQ) is Indiana’s voluntary child care quality rating system, created to assist parents in identifying and selecting quality child care and recognize providers for ongoing efforts to achieve higher standards of quality than the minimum state licensing requirements. Providers who choose to join PTQ receive a verification visit, are assessed, and are placed on one of four levels. Providers receive yearly re-verification visits to determine if they have maintained their current level or achieved a higher level.
Indiana Paths to QUALITY establishes four levels of quality that apply to licensed child care centers, licensed family child care homes, and registered child care ministries. Each level includes specific criteria that must be met for that level to be awarded. The quality levels are:
Level 1—Health and Safety
Level 2—Learning Environment
Level 3—Planned Curriculum
Level 4—National Accreditation
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. To achieve NAEYC Accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health, and safety.
NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for success in school.
Parents choosing an early childhood education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for their child. NAEYC Accreditation gives families the chance the make the Right Choice for Kids.