Prime Connections is a research based and child-centered curriculum designed to focus on each domain of a child’s development: Social-Emotional, Physical and Cognitive.
Prime Time recognizes the importance and inter-relationship of each distinct domain, and their critical role in the development of young children. The Prime Connections Curriculum dynamically engages each developmental area to promote a healthy and engaged child, and strengthen his or her capability to explore, connect, and learn.
Through a variety of Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), our passionate and well-trained staff focus on the growth of the “Whole Child”. Our teachers engage in thoughtful decision making and intentional classroom exercise planning to apply Prime Connections. Teachers use the small group learning model frequently and conduct regular student assessments providing them insight into each child’s individual learning style. With this understanding, our teachers strategically assist our students in building the skills needed to successfully transition into their next phase of learning.
In addition, our Prime Connections curriculum provides our young learners the opportunity to explore their unique interests while enjoying all of the wonders and creative development of self-directed inventive play. Our Prime Connections curriculum is our exceptional approach to building firm foundations and equipping young children with the necessary tools for a lifetime love of learning and future school success.
Prime Time’s Growing Green program teaches children about nature and sustainability. It is also a commitment by our staff to continuously strive to reduce the carbon footprint of our centers. We believe that when we model and teach young children about nature and their environment, and to recycle and conserve resources, they learn lessons and values that will help shape their lives. At Prime Time, our mission is to give children the knowledge and passion to become mindful global citizens who will grow to care for the earth that sustains us all.
Q: HOW DO YOU INTRODUCE SUSTAINABILITY TO CHILDREN?
A: FIRST, WE PROVIDE FUN WAYS FOR THEM TO LEARN ABOUT NATURE, THE ENVIRONMENT AND HOW TO RE-USE AND RECYCLE. LIKE…
Insect Hatching and Classroom Friends
Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Eggs to Chicks Program
Little Free Libraries
Recycled Art Projects
Songs and Storytime About Sustainability
THEN WE PROVIDE THEM AN ECO-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN IN!
Prime Time is committed to improving each of our center’s environmental stewardship by incorporating practices such as:
Using Energy Star rated appliances
Loading copiers and printers with recycled paper
Replacing light fixtures with highly efficient
Installing recycling bins in our centers
Donating to organizations that help protect our environment
Eliminating all styrofoam cups and clamshells
Replacing disposable drink bottles with BPA-free, refillable containers
Installing water filters on taps to improve drinking water quality and taste
Maintaining classroom temperatures at 68-70 degrees throughout the year
In addition to our comprehensive Prime Connections Curriculum, we offer a variety of Enrichment Programs designed to foster curiosity, creativity and social interaction and enhance our focus on the whole child. Contact us about Enrichment Programs that are offered at your Center.
Prime Time is serious about our role and responsibility to children as an Early Learning Center. In addition to ensuring that our Centers are safe and happy places for children, we work constantly to improve our Prime Connections education curriculum to include the most current Developmentally Appropriate Practices. Prime Time is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and carefully recruits and hires our teachers based on their formal education and knowledge, skills and dedication to the field of early childhood care and learning.
In addition to requiring that our Center Directors have accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, our centers meet or exceed all state education and professional credentialing regulations for teachers and assistant teachers for infants and young children through Pre-K.
To improve in the recruitment and retention of credentialed teachers, and as an incentive for non-credentialed Teaching Assistants to pursue specialized early childhood education, Prime Time offers annual financial incentives to our managers and teachers who have completed their Master’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees and Associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and related fields, as well as their Child Development Associate certification.
For our teaching assistants who have not yet completed an education degree program, Prime Time provides in-house child care training and strongly encourages and support our teacher’s professional development as a nationally credentialed Child Development Associate (CDA). More than 25 Prime Time teachers have completed the nationally recognized CDA program which requires a combination of 600 hours of early childhood teaching experience, classroom training, in situ professional observations, and testing to be certified. In a CDA certificate program, student teachers get to study the fundamentals of early childhood education, child growth and development, child psychology, and health, safety, and nutrition for young children, among other education components. CDA Certificates must be renewed every five years to retain currency.
Prime Time pays the tuition costs for our non-degreed teachers and assistants to enroll in and attend the multi-month Child Development Associate training and credentialing program so that children in our centers receive the very best in care and education.