Family Flex Early Education Center  |  1005 Acoma Street  |  Denver, CO 80204  |  Phone: 303-571-1005  |  Fax: 303-200-8903

Family Flex is an early education center located in the downtown Denver area that provides infants, toddlers, and preschool age children and families with quality education and convenience to help ease the demands of modern parenthood.

Like us on Facebook for fun pics, helpful articles, and information on upcoming events.

Infants


At the core of our infant program, we rely on certain beliefs to guide our teaching. We believe in building a trusting relationship with each child and family; providing responsive, individualized care; and promoting a healthy and safe environment for each child to learn and grow.  Our infant teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education in addition to a minimum requirement of either an Associate's or a Bachelor's degree. We require that teachers come into our classrooms with experience and background working with infants in order to provide a comprehensive and well rounded learning experience. Family Flex offers an infant program for children ranging in age from 10 weeks to 18 months. There are three classrooms in the infant program that cater to the unique age and development of each child. The youngest classroom provides a more individualized schedule for each child and the older infant classrooms transition to a more group oriented schedule once a child is ready. We rely on a research driven assessment called Teaching Strategies GOLD (www.teachingstrategies.com) to guide our decisions for experiences and routines in the classroom.

The Learning Environment: The infant classrooms maintain low ratios and small classroom sizes in order to promote a conducive learning environment. For younger infants, we aim to keep a 3:1 ratio, and for older infants, a 4:1 ratio. Each room is set up with different areas to play, including a “dress-up” area, a soft block and building space, a place for music and movement, a library with books and cozy items, an active area to play and climb, and an place for the class to enjoy family style meal times. We strive to create a community feel in each of our infant classrooms by having pictures of children and families, toys that are appropriate, and child created artwork.  

Teachers use routines and experiences to guide learning in the classroom. We use routines as an opportunity to foster a trusting relationship with the child. Through hello's and goodbyes, toileting/diapering, dressing, feeding, and helping each child go down for a nap, teachers are able to have positive one-on-one interactions that help to create a secure base for children so that they can develop curiosity and competence. Experiences offer opportunities for children to connect with the world through senses, whether it be enjoying a storybook, building with blocks, dabbling in art, listening and dancing to music, or playing with sand and water.  We also try to experience the world outside our classroom by playing on our playground, going on walks in our buggies, and playing in our "Jungle" or multi-purpose room.

What Children Learn: The Creative Curriculum works through four areas of development while placing an emphasis on meeting the individual needs of each infant. Teachers use the following developmental areas to plan, guide, and assess children's learning and development. We use authentic assessments to measure progress and share it with parents at each parent teacher conference, which are held quarterly. Each child has a portfolio which tracks their progress throughout the year. We keep picture samples, work samples, and any relevant notes related to a child's learning. These are shared with parents at each conference and then given to parents at the end of the year to keep as a memory of their child's early childhood years.  


Social/Emotional Development: The foundation of any learning environment, the social and emotional development of a child, is fostered through nurturing relationships with the teachers. Children are introduced to the concept of playing with and around others, and they begin to explore regulating and managing emotions and feelings.

Physical Development: The classrooms are arranged to meet the physical needs of each child. As children progress in their development, our rooms do as well. The materials in the classroom are rotated to encourage development of large motor (moving, kicking, cruising, crawling, etc), and small motor (grasping, holding, manipulating, etc).


Cognitive Development: At an infant level, children learn about the world through through experiences. At Family Flex we offer opportunities to explore through our senses, to explore cause and effect, and gain a general understanding of the world around us. We build on these beginning problem solving skills throughout the child’s school experience.

Language Development: Interactions with our students are a critical part of developing early language skills. We spend our days conversing and building vocabulary as we work through our daily routines. We also introduce sign language to help bridge the gap between non-verbal and verbal language. Communication and language development are built on throughout your child’s education at Family Flex. The infant rooms build the foundation for which the toddler and preschool programs work from.