Early Learning Center (Child Care)

The Saint Michael's Early Learning Center is an on-campus child care resource that provides developmentally oriented care for children aged six weeks to six years in an environment in which children reach their full potential. The Center, located on North Campus, is staffed by Saint Michael's employees and work-study students, and includes children of both Saint Michael's faculty and staff as well as area residents.

The Center's specific goals include respect for self and others, appreciation of individual difference, non-violence, sharing and health awareness. Those interested in child care should contact the center as soon as possible to learn about enrollment availability and tuition.

    Center hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 AM to 5:15 PM

    To contact us

    Sue Treadwell, director
    802.654.2650
    streadwell@smcvt.edu

    Naomi Bartlett, enrollment and waiting list status
    nbartlett@smcvt.edu


    About Us

    The Saint Michael's College Early Learning Center exists primarily to deliver quality child care to the youngest members of the Saint Michael's College community. These young members, from infancy to school age, will find a nurturing, loving and intellectually stimulating environment which mirrors the larger community of Saint Michael's College. More specifically, the Early Learning Center will provide opportunities and a curriculum for children to grow and develop within an orderly, supportive environment in which cognitive, social and physical needs are met. The Center will also provide an opportunity for students of human growth and development to observe and interact with children as they play, discover and learn.

    The Center follows the accreditation guidelines set forth by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

    Our mission...

    We are committed to excellence in early childhood education. As professionals, we act as a resource and role model for the Saint Michael’s College Community and the community at large. Our continued professional growth and development is crucial to the high quality care that we provide.

    In keeping with the missions and goals of Saint Michael's College, the Early Learning Center seeks to provide an environment in which each child can reach her or his full potential. Specific goals include respect for self and others, appreciation of individual differences, non-violence, sharing and health awareness. The Early Learning Center recognizes the uniqueness of each child and that parents know their children best. The staff is committed to working with parents to provide the most appropriate care for their child. The potential for daily communication between parents and staff enhances further the opportunity to meet the children's needs. The Center views its role as that of an extension of the family, not as a substitute for the family. With a comfortable facility and a professional, caring staff, we hope each child will benefit from the Early Learning Center and its program.

    Schedule and Calendar

    Daily Schedule

    Each group of children has its own schedule, specifically designed to meet the needs of the children. The children also become familiar and comfortable with the adults who work with the other age groups, building a high level of trust.

    7:30 Center Opens
    7:30 - 8:00 Free Play, all groups together
    8:00 - 5:00 Group Schedules
    5:00 - 5:15 Free Play, all groups together
    5:15 Center Closes

    Calendar

    The Early Learning Center is open Monday through Friday with the exception of the following designated College holidays:

    • New Year's Day
    • Early Childhood Legislature Day – The Center will be closed so that staff members can join other Early Childhood Professionals from around the State in Montpelier.
    • Good Friday
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day and the day after
    • Christmas Day
    • The week between Christmas and New Year's (a calendar of the days closed for Christmas Break will be provided in November)

    The Center will also be closed for the Annual Conference of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) which is held on a Friday in October.

    Mini Retreats – The Center will close at 3:00 p.m. or open at 10:00 a.m. two days per year for in-service.

    Snow days are extremely rare and occur only when Saint Michael's College closes. In this instance, the Early Learning Center will also close and all parents will be called to come and get their children as soon as possible. When weather conditions make traveling difficult, please use your best judgment. Allow extra travel time when coming to pick up your child and understand that road conditions may impact the arrival of staff members at the Center.

    Documents and Forms

    Below is our complete manual in Acrobat PDF, which includes the application and enrollment forms.

    Individual forms

    Child Development

    Your Baby from Birth to Five - Penelope Leach
    Infants and Mothers - T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
    Toddlers and Parents - T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
    The First 12 Months of Life - Princeton Center for Infancy
    Baby and Child Care (revised) - Benjamin Spock, M.D. w/ Michael Rothenberg M.D.

    Parenting

    Mother's Almanac - Marguerite Kelley and Elia Parson
    Father's Almanac - Marguerite Kelley and Elia Parson
    Children - The Challenge - Rudolph Dreikurs

    Activities

    Kids Are Natural Cooks - Parents' Cooperative Nursery School
    What to Do When There's Nothing to Do - Boston Children's Medical Ctr.
    Workjobs - Mary Barata-Lorton
    Special Topics The Hurried Child - David Elkind

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