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PROGRAMS

Care for Infants & Toddlers (6 weeks to 36 months)

The Centro Mater staff works with the youngest of children during the most crucial developmental years of their life, just as they begin to understand the world. At this stage, a Creative Curriculum is used, which provides a comprehensive framework that emphasizes relationships between the children their caregivers, teachers and their families.

Preschool Program (3 to 5 years)

The High Scope Educational Curriculum is introduced, which includes content areas for children, and a training model to help adults use the programs of study to support children's development.

After School Care (5 to 12 years)

This aspect of the program provides high-quality after-school and full-day summer camp activities for primarily at-risk, low-income children (5% of which are children with disabilities). The LitArt, Peace Foundation and SPARK Curriculums promote academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and social skills.

Home-Based Program (3 to 5 years)

The Home based program option uses home visiting as a method of service delivery. This alternative offers support, guidance, information, and child development services directly to families in their homes, using the Creative Curriculum and Learning Games. The home visitor has a special sensitivity to and empathy for the plight of new mothers and children.

Health and Nutrition Services:

The Centro Mater Social Services Department coordinates physical examinations, dental services, immunizations, laboratory tests, vision screening, and follow-up plans for children. In addition, children are served two meals and one snack daily overseen by a Registered Dietitian. Due to the childhood obesity epidemic amongst the Hispanic population Centro Mater has several nutrition education programs including “The Children’s Gardening Program” and healthy cooking experiences. Furthermore, Annual Health Fairs are organized with participation from more than 30 local community agencies.

Other Trainings Offered:

Job preparation and life skills, domestic violence awareness, child abuse and neglect, effective parenting, child development, child emotional health, food safety, health and safety prevention at home, promoting literacy at home and transition to Kindergarten.

Other Services for Families:

Assist families to identify their needs and establish a goal, monthly meetings and trainings, home visits, parent/teacher conferences, Information and referral, emergency crisis, and opportunities for socialization.