Over time, we’ve designed and adapted programs to meet the high standards of today’s world of education. By providing a supportive environment, we make sure each child receives exactly what they need.
Infant, Waddler, Toddler Program
8 weeks to 24 months
Our caregivers are committed to excellence in the quality of nurturing developmental milestones that come so quickly in those first few months of life. The program is structured by use of the infant/toddler Creative Curriculum, and Baby Signs. Every day, each child will be sent home with a progress report about their day. Many conferencing opportunities are available throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress and developmental milestones
Early Preschool Program
2 - 3 years old
Children will experience small circle time segments and lessons based on various themes and literature. Centers include dramatic play, manipulatives, blocks, reading, art and sensory. In preparation for preschool, we will begin progression towards potty training based on the child’s interest and partnership with parents.
3 - 5 years old
Wave Preschool classes are age and ability specific. We incorporate a quality learning experience using The Creative Curriculum and Learning without Tears as a foundation to create learning environments and whole group instruction. Children will enjoy fun learning centers, along with thematic, in-depth lesson plans. The educational centers include art, manipulatives, writing, language arts, home living, library, blocks, science, and sensorial. The educational period will be offered from 9:00 am-1:00 pm, five days a week.
WCLC requires that children in this program must be completely potty trained with minimal accidents and in underwear every day.
Montessori Preschool (Great Neck Campus Only)
3 - 5 years old
The Montessori teaching method represents an entirely different approach to education. Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society. Children learn in uninterrupted blocks of work time in a well-structured environment, giving them hands-on interaction with their surroundings, as well as opportunities to foster independence. The Montessori work cycles include language arts, math, practical life, sensorial, science, art, culture, and geography. Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace, and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes place children in age groups where the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. Our mixed-age class is offered as half-day (9:00am-1:00pm) or full-day (7:00am-6:00pm) for children 3-5 years old and not eligible for Kindergarten.