The First Baptist Church Child Care Center is committed to excellence in Christian child care as a Ministry to children and families. We are an inclusive program open to children of all faiths and backgrounds. We are a full-time non-profit Christian Ministry of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City. However, our goal is not to indoctrinate, but to provide the community with a holistic approach to child care and be a ministry to families as they raise their children.
Our program reflects our knowledge of child development by offering high quality infant, toddler, and preschool programs. High teacher to child ratios in each classroom help us promote physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development of young children, while also responding to the needs of families. Our highly trained teachers and staff nurture children’s natural curiosity and wonder within a safe Christian environment that is similar to home, and allows them to explore and discover.
We partner with parents, building a strong foundation for success in the life of each child. The friendly staff at The First Baptist Child Care Center work alongside with families to create a “home away from home” where your children can learn through interactive play and your family can feel the support of a caring community.
MAXIMUM TEACHER TO CHILD RATIONS
INFANTS: 1 teacher for every 4 children.
TODDLERS: 1 teacher for every 4 children.
TWO-YEAR-OLDS: 1 teacher for every 6 children.
PRESCHOOLERS: 1 teacher for every 10 children.
Hours of Operation: M-F 6:45 am – 6:00 pm
Director: Carol Wood
Program Coordinator: Kaitlin Dignam
Phone: (801) 582-6230
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INFANTS & TODDLERS
In the first two years, infants and toddlers learn about the world through their senses. They develop close bonds with special adults and explore their environment. Our role as caregivers in infant and toddler classrooms is to facilitate the development of curious children, help them do things for themselves, and foster trust in adults. We believe in continuity of care, where a primary caregiver provides nurturing support for 3 or 4 infants or toddlers in her group. We respect each child as an individual and provide each the freedom to develop physical, social and emotional skills at his or her own pace. Through responsive care giving, we support the individual needs and schedules for our children.
Two-year-olds are explosive in their ability to communicate, coordinate their movements, and assert their independence. They are moving from the total dependence of babyhood to the more independent, mobile world of preschoolers. The First Baptist Child Care Center is excited to provide two-year-olds with manageable challenges and mastery experiences. We offer a relaxing environment that allows for frequent mood changes, varying interests, and capabilities of two-year-olds. Our teachers are gentle, patient and calm. They provide developmentally appropriate “play-centered” activities, creating a learning environment where children can feel successful and important.
Children age three to five are growing rapidly in every area of development: socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Developmentally appropriate “play-centered” activities and routines are planned, offering each child many opportunities for challenge and success. Whether they’re little artists, acrobats, doctors, dinosaurs, or dancers, children can express themselves while gaining confidence in a social learning atmosphere. Children have the freedom to make choices in an environment that has been designed to meet all of their needs. The children at The First Baptist Child Care Center are creative problem solvers, life long learners, and interesting, interested individuals.
Our qualified staff is committed to Early Childhood Education and Professional Development within that field. They participate in ongoing Early Childhood Development and Education classes. Staff members respect, value and accept children individually. Teachers and staff make it a priority to know each child well and treat him or her with dignity at all times. All staff members, board members, and volunteers at The First Baptist Child Care Center must pass a comprehensive background check. Teachers here are CPR and First Aid Certified, and maintain a Salt Lake Valley Health Department Child Care And Preschool Food Handler Card.
DISCIPLINE & GUIDANCE
First Baptist Child Care Center is committed to the belief that through praise and encouragement, children learn appropriate behavior. We will reason with, set limits for, and model, appropriate behavior for children. We will attempt to prevent problems before they occur in our classrooms and play areas. Teachers listen to children and provide alternatives for inappropriate behavior as needed. Natural and logical consequences are used as we explain things to the children on their individual levels of understanding. The needs, desires, and feelings of each child are respected as we strive to maintain consistency throughout the facility.
Children over one year old are served nutritious, homemade meals and milk for breakfast and lunch, and an afternoon snack.
Arts And Crafts
Blocks And Other Construction
Music and Musical Instruments in every classroom
Imaginative Free Play
Two Outdoor Play Areas
Nature Exploration and Gardening
Time Parent-Sponsored Activities
Opportunity To Participate In Church Christmas Program
Plays, Puppet Shows, And Other Drama