Small Blessings

Preschool in Indianapolis, IN 46278

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5909 Technology Center Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46278
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Small Blessings is one of the most versatile and family-focused childcare centers in Indianapolis. We offer families and children an organic multi-age learning platform. Our 17600 square foot facility which opened in February 2002 is independently owned and operated by Lee Ann Balta one of the most respected early childhood educators in central Indiana. The facility features a large multipurpose room a sick bay with separate entrance and large classrooms with neutral dcor to avoid over stimulation.

Through word and deed we believe in parents as partners as we help to Raise Up children to become tomorrows leaders.

Christian Environment Staff frames its culture and teaching environments within a Christian-based philosophy of caremoral ethical and social contexts. We provide an environment where everyone feels safe welcome and included. While we work in a Christian environment and culture we do not discriminate based on personal family religious beliefs. We welcome all families and children.

Project Learning Children have a strong disposition to explore and discover. The Project Approach builds on natural curiosity enabling children to interact question connect problem-solve communicate reflect and more. This kind of authentic learning extends beyond the classroom to each students home community nation and the world. It essentially makes learning the stuff of real life and children active participants in and shapers of their worlds.

Multi-Age Learning Platform Teachers utilize a multi-age classroom and academic platform starting at age one that offers an organic environment for children to learn at their academic pace and style. Multi-age environments create a learning atmosphere based on developmental levels rather than age with research showing positive social and educational outcomes.

Research shows that 9 out of 10 students in multi-age environments perform academically as well as or better than their peers in traditional age group classrooms.
Additionally research showed students in multiage settings were more likely than their peers to have positive self-concepts high self-esteem and good attitudes toward school.
A Green Childcare Community The community is a green childcare facility. Our operations and daily business initiatives stress being good to our environmentfrom using washable plates/cups to recycling. These philosophies are shared with our students in the classroom.

Accredited Small Blessings is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Standards and criteria are driven by their association with positive outcomes for children grounded in values and supported by a variety of evidence: Relationships Curriculum Teaching Assessment of Child Progress Health Teachers Families Community Relationships Physical Environment Leadership and Management Professional Code of Ethics. We also are accredited by the State of Indiana Paths to Quality that focuses on high-quality early-learning experiences to prepare children for future success in school work and life.


Child Ages:
3 weeks - 12 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration - NAEYC Accredited - Level 4
Preschool:
Yes
Children per Teacher:
Infant: 4/1, Toddler: 5/1, Pre k: 10/1, Afterschool: 15/1
Hours of Operation:
Open Mon-Fri 06:30 AM - 06:00 PM

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Small Blessings strives to be an organic learning environment for children. We utilize best education practices to create inspiring learning environments. Our education platform utilizes approached developed by both Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori utilizing the following tools to accomplish our vision and mission: Parents and teachers working together to raise up tomorrows leaders:
*Research based best practices and standards developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
*Developmentally Appropriate Practices inspires learning environments (by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp).
*The Project Approach builds on natural curiosity allowing children to interact question connect problem-solve communicate reflect and more.
*T.E.A.C.H. Indiana scholarship program to further educate our young teachers and equip them with a four-year degree in Early Childhood.
*Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum A comprehensive curriculum assessment and training resources for children birth to age 8 and early childhood educators.
*Multi-age grouping of children for learning based on developmental levels rather than age to optimize multi-dimensional learning.
*Parents as Teachers – A home visiting parent-teacher partnership program focused on the individual family their childs brain development and additional support for the family.
*The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning focuses on promoting social-emotional development and school readiness of young children.
*Handwriting Without Tears supports pre-printing printing and cursive handwriting for all children from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.

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