Our Mission is to provide a safe, rich and stimulating environment in which your child can develop his/ her language; grow physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively; and reach his / her greatest potential. We will provide children with a multitude of developmentally appropriate, hands on, real experiences, opportunities for play, and guidance from experienced, caring adults. These will enable children to develop a positive self image; feel safe, loved and important; learn to respect and care for themselves, others and their environment; and develop a true love of learning. Each child will be seen and valued as an individual. Because activities and materials will be chosen to meet his / her individual needs, children will be able to develop to their fullest capacity and all areas of development.
Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each child in all areas of development – Cognitive, Language, Social / Emotional, and Physical. Each age group has it’s own units of study, which build upon each other year to year. However, even a student starting in Pre-K will not be “behind”, as the curriculum is also specifically designed to meet each child at his or her own level.
Activities revolve around play, and hands on activities that children enjoy. Math is not done on worksheets, it is done by graphing favorite foods, sorting and classifying groups of toys, cooking, and counting out legos needed for a patterning activity. Language is developed as children do show and tell, read stories and discuss ways to solve classroom problems, dictate stories, and enjoy nursery rhymes. Science is all about exploration and hands on experiments. Social skills are developed through dramatic play in the dress up area, or sharing a toy when there is only one left. Physical skills develop as kids ride bikes, run, throw beanbags, draw with colored pencils or cray pas, and learn to write their names. Music classes are taught once a week at no extra charge.
Days are very busy and filled with learning "in disguise". Please contact us for more information on the specifics of our curriculum for each age group.
Our current facility was built in 2004-2005, and was designed by the Owner and Director, specifically for the purpose of preschool and child care.
Foundations Child Development Center is a proud participant in the "Seal of Quality Child Care" program and the Virginia Star Quality Initiative
We are also fully licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services as a Child Day Center and the Albemarle County Health Department as a food service establishment.
We are inspected on a regular basis by these agencies as well as the Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue.