Our Programs

We provide quality care for Infants, ages 6 weeks to 18 months; Toddlers, ages 18 to 36 months; Preschoolers, ages 3 to 4 years; and Pre-K, ages 4 to 6 years. Classrooms are broken down by age group, and activities are planned for small groups based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practices.

Parents may choose between the following half, partial, full or extended-day programs based on a 2, 3, 4 or 5-day week:

8:00 am – 12:00 pm HALF DAY (18 mths & up)
8:30 am – 3:00 pm PARTIAL DAY (18 mths & up)
7:30 am – 6:00 pm FULL DAY (All ages)
7:00 am – 6:30 pm EXT DAY (All ages)

The center is open all year with limited closings for holidays and staff training.

“When my son is at MLCDS, I feel at ease because I know that he is being treated with love and care from all of the staff. My husband and I truly believe that our son is gaining so much from being part of this school.” Lisa, Parent of an Infant

Infants

The infant program, ages 6 weeks to 18 months, is limited to 12 children with 4 caregivers. Our infant staff concentrates on nurturing and caring for each individual child and provides them with loving attention. In our infant classroom, there are primary caregivers who care for the same children on a daily basis.

A Typical Day in Our Infant Program
07:00-09:00 AM
Children arrive/breakfast/free play (table and floor activities)
09:00-11:00 AM
Interactive activities: sensory/language/songs/stories/building
Creative art projects/music activities
11:00-12:00 PM
Outdoor/gross motor activities
12:00-01:00 PM
Lunch
01:00-01:30 PM
Socialization/language/reading/fine motor skills
01:30-03:30 PM
Interactive activities: sensory/language/songs/stories/building
03:30-04:00 PM
Afternoon snack
04:00-04:30 PM
Outdoor/gross motor activities
04:30-05:30 PM
Creative art projects/music activities
05:30-06:30 PM
Parents arrive, child-directed play

Plus, as-needed bottles/diapering/naps throughout the day

Through play, your child will experience art, science, music and movement while learning skills in language, social interaction, creative expression and physical fitness. Tracking sheets are sent home with your child each day listing all daily feedings, diaper changes, sleep times and activities. Infants are provided with a clean, safe and rich environment so they can crawl, cuddle, stand and play freely while enjoying a variety of active and quiet activities during their day.

Since our center is a member of the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators (C.I.T.E.), each caregiver is required to attend periodic workshops or conferences on various components of Infant/Toddler care to keep abreast of the latest in developmentally appropriate practices.

Toddlers

The Toddler program is made up of children 18 to 36 months of age. Through play, your child will experience art, science, music and movement while learning skills in language, social interaction, creative expression and physical fitness. Each Toddler classroom is limited to 15 children with one Lead Teacher and two assistants.

A Typical Day in Our Toddler Program
07:00-08:45 AM
Arrival/Breakfast/Free Play
08:45-09:00 AM
Clean-up/Diapers/Potty
09:00-09:15 AM
Circle time:songs/ stories/sharing
09:15-10:15 AM
Outdoor play/Gross motor activities
10:15-10:30 AM
Wash hands/snack
10:30-11:30 AM
Small group activities/Centers: including Art, Music, Dramatic Play, Blocks, Pre-math, Pre-reading, Science
11:30-12:00 AM
Outdoor/Gross motor activities
12:00-12:30 PM
Wash hands/Lunch
12:30-03:00 PM
Rest time/quiet activities for non-nappers & early risers
03:00-03:30 PM
Wake up/Diaper changing/Potty/Free play
03:30-04:00 PM
Snack
04:00-05:00 PM
Outdoor Play/Gross motor activities
05:00-06:30 PM
Parents arrive/Stories/songs/free play

Activities in the Toddler classrooms are geared to meet the unique developmental needs of each child. Children are encouraged to choose their own materials, to experiment and to create their own projects. While being read to, talked to and listened to by teachers and others in the classroom, children are developing language skills and learn to express themselves through their words rather than their actions.

Through small group play, children will develop strong social skills such as cooperation, problem solving, respect for others, leadership, etc. Math and spacial skills are also obtained through play with things such as blocks, small manipulatives, cooking, drawing, gardening and discovery activities.

Preschool

At 3 years of age, children can join our Preschool program. This program offers hands-on, developmentally appropriate curriculum for three to four year olds. We offer a well-rounded variety of independent and group learning times.

All children experience opportunities such as socialization, reading, math, experimental science, arts & crafts, cooking, multicultural experiences, stories, songs, music activities, outdoor play and computers.

A Typical Day in Our Preschool Program
07:00-08:50 AM
Arrival/Free exploration/Breakfast
08:50-09:00 AM
Clean-up
09:00-09:15 AM
Large Group Time
09:15-10:15 AM
Choice Time/Interest areas
10:15-10:20 AM
Clean-up
10:20-11:00 AM
Outdoor play/Gross motor activities
11:00-11:15 AM
Handwashing/Snack
11:15-11:30 AM
Small group activities
11:30-11:50 AM
Read-aloud
11:50-12:00 PM
Movement and Music
12:00-12:30 PM
Lunch
12:30-01:00 PM
Handwashing/Toileting
01:00-02:30 PM
Rest/Quiet activities
02:30-03:00 PM
Wake-up/Toileting
03:00-03:15 PM
Read-aloud
03:15-03:30 PM
Snack
03:30-04:30 PM
Outdoor play/Gross motor activities
04:30-06:00 PM
Free exploration/Interest areas

MLCDS utilizes Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum, an early education curriculum that is designed by child development theorists and is based on current research as to how children learn. The curriculum is designed to be a blueprint for the teachers to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program for our students.

Through hands-on small group activities, children will develop strong academic skills, problem solving, beginning reading, writing, math and science, self-confidence, respect for others and leadership.

Pre-K

At 4 years of age, children can enroll in our Pre-K program. Pre-K offers hands-on, developmentally appropriate curriculum for four and five year olds. We offer a well-rounded variety of independent, individual and group learning times.

All children will experience opportunities such as socialization, reading, math, experimental science, arts & crafts, cooking, multicultural experiences, stories, songs, music activities, outdoor play and computers.

A Typical Day in Our Pre-K Program
07:00-09:00 AM
Arrival/Free Exploration/Breakfast
09:00-09:20 AM
Large Group/Circle Time
09:20-10:20 AM
Free Exploration/Snack
10:20-10:50 AM
Small Group (Journal, group activities)
10:50-11:00 AM
Read-aloud
11:00-12:00 PM
Outdoor play
12:00-12:40 PM
Hand Washing/Lunch
12:40-01:00 PM
Quiet discussion (Poem or feelings)
01:00-03:30 PM
Outdoor play/Indoor small group activities
03:30-03:50 PM
Afternoon Snack
03:50-04:00 PM
Read-aloud
04:00-06:00 PM
Free exploration/Small group games/Computers

Through hands-on large and small group activities, children will develop strong academic skills in the areas of math, problem solving, beginning reading, writing, self-confidence, respect for others and leadership.

School Info

356 Route 46 East
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

PH: 973-983-9831
FAX: 973-983-0725

Hours

7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday through Friday

Proud Participants In

Mountain Lakes Country Day School