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About Us

Your Child Is in Great Hands

Philosophy

At Frog & Toad our philosophy is that each child is an individual, with individual needs, preferences, feelings, and learning styles.  Likewise, we believe that each family has its own uniqueness.  Our school is designed to provide outstanding care to all children and families.  We do this by altering our teaching styles to reach each child, by communicating with families about their child and family each and every day, by fully understanding early childhood development, and by genuinely caring about the success of each individual and family with whom we work.  

Health & Safety

We value the health and safety of all our students and staff at Frog & Toad. During this time especially, we have adopted the strict guidelines set forth by the State of Vermont Department of Health in order to ensure that our students and staff are well-protected.

 

The uniqueness of each child and family is especially evident during times of crisis (such as a pandemic), but our mission remains the same.  We will work diligently to ensure the success of each child and family.  We recognize that success can take many forms, and during challenging times, our focus will be on the mental and physical health and well-being of each child and family in our care.

 

 

Curriculum & Assessment

Every child is on their own unique developmental journey.  At Frog&Toad Child Care&Learning Center, LLC we support that individual journey by consistently developing curriculum that is appropriately challenging, based in developmental standards, and of the children's interests.

The Vermont Early Learning Standards provide the framework for our teachers to develop the most well-rounded educational experience possible for our students.  Additionally, teachers develop curriculum utilizing their own unique teaching expertise, the interest of their students, and the Creative Curriculum platform.

Creative Curriculum is a series of curriculums designed by Teaching Strategies that are specifically meant to meet the educational needs of children at all stages of their development.  Teachers can use as much or as little of the platform as they like.  They can also alter activities to better suit the students in their classroom.

Additionally, the teachers of Frog&Toad perform regular assessments on the learning and growth advancements of all of our students.  This is done by performing the ASQ (an assessment tool that many families complete at their child's pediatrician visits) twice each year as well as the Checkpoints Assessment through Teaching Strategies Gold (this is an assessment focused on educational milestones, and is in alignment with the Vermont Agency of Education requirements).

Both the Creative Curriculum platform, and the Teaching Strategies Gold assessments "talk" to one another; which streamlines our curriculum, assessment, and portfolio process.  In short, communicating effectively with families about the growth and development of their child is thorough and comprehensive.

Playing in Nursery

Frog&Toad values it's teachers!

Children and Teacher in Kindergarten

At Frog&Toad we take the time to honor our staff in a multitude of different ways, but one of our favorite methods is give them some public recognition for their efforts and dedication to the field of Early Care and Education!  Here, as well as in our programs, you will see prominent displays of the Teacher of the Month as well as the Honorable Mention.  

This month Haley is Frog&Toad's Teacher of the Month!  It goes without saying that Haley is a wonderful teacher to the children in her care!  She is also a great co-worker to everyone at our Burlington site. While we are short staffed, she has stepped up to take on most of the school wide cleaning everyday without having to be asked. She successfully runs her assigned classroom when her Lead Teacher is away. When Haley is able, she will go to each classroom asking other teachers if there is anything she can do to help them through their day. 

 

Haley is also an amazing friend and person, and she has made some strong bonds with the other staff members. Even when the struggles of life are a weight on her, she doesn't hesitate to be a support to others around her, and she always makes the success of Frog&Toad a priority.  Haley has a way of bringing a smile to everyone's face. She is a genuine ray of sunshine, and we are very honored to be able to work with her each day.

 

Amanda is this month's Honorable Mention.  She is just about to finish the Apprenticeship Program! It has been so awesome to watch Amanda's growth as an educator, and in just a few weeks she will officially be a Lead Teacher! Amanda has worked through the Apprenticeship Program while working full-time in her assigned classroom!  She has also been very good at helping in other classrooms, and covering shift changes when needed.  Amanda is truly a "go getter"!  Her positive energy, and passion for Early Education, is excellent inspiration for us all!  

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