The Administrative Director oversees the general operations of the Blanche Network.
The Education Director oversees all items directly related to pedagogy within the Blanche Network.
Are responsible for day to day operations at their respective location.
Family Child Care Director
Is responsible for coordinating the unit that monitors the affiliated Family/Group Day Care Settings
Each classroom has three qualified team members who collaborated to devise and implement daily activities. Their ultimate objectives are to ensure school readiness and to make every student a lifetime learner.
Support Staff & Complementary Personnel
The non- teaching staff are the links that are necessary to bring the components together.
- this unit is a critical component of the intake process, family sustainability,
dissemination of information, records tracking, and community partnership development.
Family Services Coordinator
Family Services Assistant
FAMILY CHILD CARE UNIT
- ensures that Family Child Care Providers are kept abreast of innovations in education
and child care practices. The Unit is the Networks primary link to parents of young children. The Unit
ensures that the neighboring facilities are in compliance with standards of funding and regulatory agencies.
- a key component to a healthy life is proper nutrition. The Culinary team creatively
seeks ways to show the parents and students that good food can be economical and yummy.
MAINTENANCE STAFF - maintaining the cleanliness of the facilities is important for the health of the children and the entire staff. It helps to creates a good first impression and a positive lasting impression when children remember their days in pre- school. Custodian
TRAINING FOR STAFF, BOARD, PARENTS
All members of the Blanche family receive training to continue to improve the delivery of services to the children. Teachers, assistant teachers and aides are provided 12 professional development days per year to upgrade their skills in various areas. In addition, they participate in ACS, DCCNY, DOE, and DOH training programs and workshops for teachers, directors, and bookkeepers. Other workshops are provided throughout the year or sponsored by the Board of Directors on topics such as computer literacy, safety, CPR, First Aid, nutrition, food handling and policy as need becomes evident . Additionally, Staff and Board members are encouraged to attend national conferences and turn-key new and petainent information to other members of our team.
The Family Services workers are central to the operation of our network. The intake process is often the first contact a family has with our network. They are often the face of the Center because they are conduct parent regular parent meetings, host workshops and work to establish partnerships with the greater community.
Blanche, through our family workers, places itself in a position of advocacy on behalf our families. Knowing how to provide healthy food, maintain a balanced budget, help their children adjust to new situations, apply for special help while your child is still young, fill in applications for themselves or their children, and achieve their educational, or career goals etc. are some of the many items that are presented and addressed by qualified professionals at parent meetings and special workshops.
Parent and community involvement is essential if the center is to achieve its goals and lay the cornerstone for the success of future generations. The staff and parents of our center are encouraged to actively participate and to serve on the various boards and committees in the community. Our Center coordinates meetings with community partners, the Community Development Council, Community Board, Health Advisory Committee and other community resources regarding the concerns of our families. We provide monthly parent meetings and workshops to keep our parents better informed.
INFANT/ TODDLER PROGRAM
All Infants and most of our toddlers are cared for through our Family Child Care program which provides a safe and secure and encouraging environment for healthy development. It is a primary concern of our program for very young children that adults talk to each child during play and routine activities.
Infants and toddlers learn by experiencing the environment through their senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling). Non-mobile infants also absorb and organize a great deal of information about the world. Adults in the Infant /Toddler program sing and talk to children about what is happening and often bring them objects to manipulate and observe. At times, adults carry non-mobile infants around the environment to show them interesting events and people. As children mature, mobile infants increasingly use toys, language and other learning materials in their developmental play activities.
Adults play a critical role in the socialization of infants and toddlers. Warm, sensitive positive relationships with adults help infants develop a sense of trust in the world and a sense of competence. Positive adult/child interaction is vital to the development of healthy self-esteem. The trusted adult becomes the secure base from which the mobile infant or toddler explores the world around him/her.
Important skills are acquired during these years such as toilet training, feeding and dressing. The most appropriate teaching technique for this age group is to give ample opportunities for the children to use self-initiated repetition to practice newly acquired skills and to experience feelings of autonomy and success. Patience is essential.
Learning through play- imitation, hiding and naming games are important for learning at this age. Realistic toys enable children to engage in increasingly complex types of play.
Teachers and Family Childcare Providers give clear and specific directions for children to follow and encourage child’s verbal expression of ideas and feelings. The teacher reinforces positive social interactions among toddlers (helping, sharing, taking turns, comforting)
Physical play both indoors and outdoors is provided multiple times during the day.
Our policy, in agreement with Public Law 94-142, guarantees the right to “free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment”. Special needs children are those who have physical handicaps, emotional disorders, specific learning disabilities or are gifted and talented.
Special needs children with mild to moderate needs are already fully integrated into our program. Required transportation to and from our sites are provided so that they may receive specialized instruction, therapy or counseling. Blanche Community Day Care Center works in conjunction with the Committee on PreSchool Special Education (CPSE) to help parents navigate the Special Education process which includes screening, diagnosing, referring, treating, counseling and creating the most effective structure and program to meet the requirements of children with special needs.
Research indicates that high-quality programs provide learning experiences that are grounded in children’s interests and that are developed around learning in several disciplines. High quality teaching reflects the knowledge that young children are active learners, drawing on direct physical and social experience as well as culturally transmitted knowledge to construct their understanding of the world around them.
We put particular emphasis on having all students achieve success.
We involve the entire educational community- children, families and staff.
We provide family members with information and concrete strategies necessary to
promote and stimulate early learning.
We employ all available community resources to aid us creating a program of excellence.
We utilize high quality, standards-based and developmentally appropriate
curriculum, screening and assessment tools
We maintain high standards of professional development and parent involvement
Our Self-assessment is based on evidence of growth in student progress, increase in parent involvement, increase in staff knowledge and implementation of effective standards- based developmentally appropriate practices.
The instructional program integrates all curriculum areas such as the arts, social studies, literacy, science, social-emotional education, physical education, and mathematics.
We provide an instructional program that is emotionally responsive to children—helping children and to make bridges between the world of home and the world of school and community.
We provide an instructional program that incorporates gross motor, fine motor and spatial orientation development through daily physical activity to ensure health and well-being.
We maintain the ability to assess and support the various needs of all students including English language learners, students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers.
We provide, in our center, a carefully planned Early learning environment that validates children’s play and provides opportunities for a broad range of activities and materials to promote expression, verbal exchanges, thinking,, listening, read alouds, story telling, painting, drawing, writing, dramatic play, block-building, outdoor play, cooking experiences, instructional field trips, and small/whole group discussions.