Kids Are Cool knows raising a child is serious business, not to be taken lightly
In Texas, 35 percent of our children don’t graduate high school – that’s a serious statistic.
In 1995, a comprehensive 10-year study was released that showed for every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood education programs, a return of seven dollars in preventative costs associated with incarceration, truancy, school dropout, and teen pregnancy was recouped.
Social and related behavioral problems develop into school adjustment problems and can be identified at the beginning of the elementary grades. The dropout problem is not one that can be addressed exclusively at the middle or high school levels; by then it is too late for many students.
Parents are asking, “How can I help to ensure my child isn’t one of the ones who fall through the cracks?”
Kids Are Cool has the answer: By getting your child in to a quality program from birth to preschool – one that promotes good language development, cognitive skills, and positive social skills.
“Parents should look for programs that offer these things: ‘Structure’ in a ‘Loving Environment’ that ‘Builds Self Esteem’ and ‘Build Social Skills,” says Bill Wheelis, Owner and Director of Kids Are Cool.
“Many people have different ideas on what child care should focus on,” states Bill. “For me, it’s building their self-esteem and improving their social skills. When you empower a child with self-confidence, there is nothing that child cannot accomplish.”
To build this confidence, the day care has an amazing learning curriculum for the children. Sign language is introduced in the Baby Room and continues through the age of two. They’ll learn more than 60 signs in their first two years at Kids Are Cool. This helps to increase their vocabulary, lessen their frustration and foster confidence within themselves.
In addition to teaching sign language, Kids Are Cool has also incorporated the “Your Baby Can Read!®” program to their Toddler Room curriculum, to give toddlers a head start in learning. They won’t learn to read independently, but it will increase their vocabulary, which is important in the development in of two and three year old.
This age group will also learn songs, colors, shapes and be introduced to Spanish. Please understand, they won’t remember Spanish – but at this age, it is easy learn and is a great way to build self-confidence.
At age three, the children concentrate on letters, numbers and the calendar (days of the week, months and holidays). “We work on their fine motor skills necessary for making their letters as well as the cognitive aspect of the learning,” says Bill.
Developing positive social skills starts early at Kids Are Cool. At age one, a child is “territorial” – they don’t understand sharing and spend their energy learning about themselves and their abilities. As they grow within the Kids Are Cool program, friendship, sharing and caring are taught daily. By age three, they’re dealing with democracy in action.
“For example, on Fridays (Movie Day), imagine 12 children, each bringing their own movie,” Bill explains. “Twelve movies – yet we only watch one. That’s democracy in action, and a good basis for building their social skills.”
By age four, they enter the center’s equivalent of Pre-K, where the BEKA program, a proven phonics-based learning program, is used. They learn reading, writing and counting by graduation; the children should have the ability to read small, five to seven word sentences made up of three to five letter words, and count up to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s! These are the beginning stages of arithmetic.
Another issue children face is the constant in and out of new teachers. How can a child learn to trust and develop a bond with their teacher if they continually have to get acquainted with a new teacher? Kids Are Cool has great teacher retention.
Are you looking for a facility that is as serious as you are about caring and nurturing your child? The Kids Are Cool day care staff takes their job seriously.
For school age children, they offer a much lower teacher to child ratio. The state’s requirement is 1 teacher to 25 children, and Kids Are Cool averages 1 teacher to 17 children.”
To learn more, please visit Kids Are Cool online at www.kidsarecool.us and see the difference a quality program will make in the life of your child.