Classrooms

Learn more about our classrooms by age & Drop-In Program
Classes by AgeDrop-In Program

Tadpole Room

12 months – 2½ years

Lead Teacher | Ms. Dawn
Assistant Teacher | Ms. Robin
Group Size | 8
Required Ratio | 1 adult for every 4 children
ACCD Ratio | 1 adult for every 4 children
Developmental Tasks | Attachment and sensorimotor skills 

 

Tadpole Room provides a warm, loving home-like environment where children (and parents!) can feel safe and secure. At this age of rapidly developing motor and social skills, our teachers serve as gentle guides in helping children explore their physical environment and begin appropriate bonding with others outside the family.

Frog Room

2½ years – 3½ years

Lead Teacher | Ms. Monique
Assistant Teacher | Ms. Karen
Group Size | 8
Required Ratio | 1 adult for every 8 children
ACCD Ratio | 1 adult for every 4 children
Developmental Tasks | Self-control, language development, fine and gross motor development

 

At this age children become more independent and demanding, “I do it ‘self!” At the same time, they need, and are comforted by, schedules and routines. Teachers provide warm “reminders” about positive social interactions and emotional regulation.

Caterpillar Room

3 – 4 years

Lead Teacher | Ms. Amber
Assistant Teacher | Ms. A
Group Size | 10 – 15
Required Ratio | 1 adult for every 10 children
ACCD Ratio | 1 adult for every 8 children
Developmental Tasks | Self-control and language development, fine and gross motor development, fantasy play

 

This is an age of further discovery for children. Teachers help children learn to use language to control their own behavior and interact in a positive way with peers and adults. Movement, creativity and learning by discovery are encouraged.

Butterfly Room

4 – 5 years

Lead Teacher | Ms. Amber
Assistant Teacher | Ms. A
Group Size | 10 – 15
Required Ratio | 1 adult for every 12 children
ACCD Ratio | 1 adult for every 10 children
Developmental Tasks | Concrete learning, group interaction

 

Through this age-range children’s cognitive and social skills blossom. Children of this age enjoy social connection with peers and benefit from predictable routine. Teachers focus on large and small group activities and cognitive skill building designed to prepare children for the demands of Kindergarten.

Dragonfly Room

5 – 12 years

Group Size | 13 – 15
Required Ratio | 1 adult for every 18 children
ACCD Goal Ratio | 1 adult for every 15 children
Developmental Tasks | Social cooperation, cognitive skill building, self-evaluation.

 

As children go off to school, our Dragonfly Room teachers provide a safe, supportive and encouraging “home base” before and after school. When school is not in session children enjoy consistency of being with teachers and friends they know.

 

During COVID-19, ACCD provides supervision and assistance with online learning.

Drop-In Program

Drop-in status is available for school-age (5 – 12 years) children as space allows.
Children must be pre-enrolled.
Drop-in care should be scheduled at least 24-hours in advance. This requirement is waived when there are emergency school closings, e.g. snow days.

 

To accommodate temporary need for extended periods of child care, ACCD is an approved provider for Care.com. Parents’ employer must participate with Care.com. Employer referral is needed.

 

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Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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