Developing secure and trusting relationships is a primary task for infants. Warm, professional teachers foster this trust through frequent physical contact, sensitive responses to infants' signals, and mutual delight in interactions. Infants are provided visual and tactile stimulation, exposure to literature, and opportunities for gross motor activity. A variety of music and art/sensory experiences round out the daily experience for our youngest students.
Infants at the Carrot Patch in Hamden enjoy the wealth of snuggling, tummy time, and exploration permitted by having two caring teachers with a maximum enrollment of five infants. This low infant to teacher ratio allows our babies to enjoy plenty of individual love and attention, as well as a fully on-demand schedule, much like they would experience at home. In Clinton, a very limited number of infants are included in the Transitional Toddler class on a space-available basis.
We are committed to the low ratio in our cozy Infant Room because we believe this level of care is necessary to give our smallest "students" the loving care they deserve. In Hamden, our outstanding head teacher, with a bachelor's degree in education, has led our infant program for many years.
Our program is warm, homey, and features a thoughtful focus on the complex world of early child development!