Nurturing Center

NURTURING CENTER MISSION STATEMENT

We believe children are the world’s greatest asset. Moment by moment, we aim to nurture, protect, love, and educate our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, earth’s most precious gifts. Our charge is to inspire, instruct, model and value. Moreover, it’s imperative that we demonstrate kindness, ethics, fairness, and reverence. One hundred percent of our efforts point towards accomplishing our goals and exceeding our stakeholder expectations.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The purpose of the Teenage Parent Program (TAP) is to provide uninterrupted learning opportunities for expectant youth and teen parents who volunteer to attend one of the two centers in Miami Dade County. Like the traditional middle/high schoolers, our students benefit from health care education, prenatal/post-partum instruction, family planning counseling and community-based support.

Special support services like transportation, childcare, health, and social services are provided. These services support the students in their efforts to continue their education as well as deliver the highest standard of childcare as dictated by brain development research.

NURTURING CENTER PURPOSEAND PHILOSOPHY

The C.O.P.E. Center North Nurturing Center is a full-service early learning facility with emphasis on the developmental, social-emotional, and educational needs of young children. Our center provides nurturing infant stimulation, educational experiences, and quality care for children between the ages of four weeks to four years of age. Additionally, we serve as a laboratory for teen parents to receive hands-on experiences to facilitate acquisition of parenting skills.

We are dedicated to individual development. Our program offers a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment. In the Nurturing Center, internal perceptions are embraced, independence is encouraged, and uniqueness is respected.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a nonprofit organization of early childhood professionals and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education. NAEYC focuses on professional preparation, resources, and training for individuals who educate children birth through age eight. Working with higher education institutions to set standards for preparing teachers, NAEYC provides guidelines for appropriate teaching strategies, curriculum, and assessments for children in preschool through third grade.

The State of Florida provides funding to care for infants and toddlers of students enrolled in public school. In addition to our Parenting Laboratory, the Childcare program provides “hands-on” parenting skills during bonding time. Our activities developmentally age appropriate for infants, toddlers, and pre-kindergarteners. On-site childcare is provided for children from 1 month to 4 years of age. The childcare program is licensed and is funded through the TAPP (Teenage Parent Program). The parents earn bonding passes to work on and improve their parenting skills with their children, provided they attend school daily.  At the end of each school day, the childcare nursery professionals debrief the teen parent on their child’s activities for the day.  This provides the parent with information at the end of the day to assist both baby/child and parent transition from school to home.

Award Winning “NAEYC Accredited” Nurturing Center

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a nonprofit organization of early childhood professionals and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education. More than 100,000 members strong, the association comprises a network of more than 400 affiliated local, state, and regional organizations, which share the belief that children’s high-quality experiences at home and in child care, schools, and after-school programs lay the foundation for school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement.

Since its founding in 1926, NAEYC has promoted a vision of excellence in early childhood education that focuses on supporting the rights and needs of children. The association works with parents, teachers, business leaders, and policymakers to bring high-quality early education and care to all young children, from birth through age eight. NAEYC is best known for raising the quality of childcare and other early learning programs. The association’s voluntary national accreditation system helps improve early childhood education and recognizes high-quality programs so that parents and other decision makers can make informed choices. Its position statements, which are informed by research and practice, have addressed a wide range of topics: for example, developmentally appropriate teaching practices; the teaching of reading, writing, and mathematics in the early years; program licensing to ensure health and safety in child care settings; the role of early childhood professionals in preventing child abuse and neglect; and the support of diverse families.

NAEYC focuses on professional preparation, resources, and training for individuals who educate children birth through age eight. Working with higher education institutions to set standards for preparing teachers, NAEYC provides guidelines for appropriate teaching strategies, curriculum, and assessments for children in preschool through third grade. NAEYC promotes comprehensive training opportunities, high professional standards, and equitable compensation and working conditions so that qualified early childhood educators will stay and grow in the early childhood profession. The NAEYC annual conference is one of the largest educational meetings in the nation, bringing together 25,000 people each year for more than 1,000 seminars, workshops and other professional development opportunities.