The Children's Learning Center offers a school-year session and two summer sessions that loosely follow the St. Paul's School academic calendar. The Center operates year round with one-week breaks in late December and in mid-summer.
The CLC offers full- and part-time child care in the Infant/Toddler and Preschool Programs. Children may enroll in full-day sessions only. Half-day sessions are not offered. A full day runs from from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-in care is available on a first come, first served basis to those families enrolled in the program, depending upon space, staff coverage, and director discretion.
The School-Age classroom offers both after-kindergarten and after-school care. The after-kindergarten program includes a school day session from 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. or a full-day session from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The after-school program offers an afternoon session from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Children six weeks to three years old are enrolled in one of two infant/toddler classrooms. Each classroom consists of a small, constant group of children and adults with no more than 11 children. A teacher-child ratio of 1:3 for infants and 1:4 for toddlers allows for individual attention and a secure, comfortable environment.
Designed for children three to five years old, the preschool classroom is limited to 18 children and maintains a 1:6 teacher-child ratio. The classroom has a variety of activity areas that encourage creativity in group and individual play. In addition, children participate in teacher-planned, skill-based and free-play activities that center on the children's interests and individual needs.
Children in kindergarten through third grade may enroll in the School-Age Program, which complements the children's public school schedules. The classroom is designed for a maximum of 22 children with a 1:11 teacher-child ratio. With transportation provided by the public school bus system, children are brought directly to the Children's Learning Center from school. Special programs are offered during public school vacations in February and April and as needed on early-release days and snow days.
Notes are sent home daily detailing each child's day at the CLC. Teachers are available to talk about the day or about other issues when parents drop off and pick up their children. The CLC produces a quarterly newsletter, distributes monthly curriculum calendars
and provides menus for its cooperative snack program
. Every six months, a developmental progress report is discussed in parent conferences. Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit during the day.