ASI Children's Programs enriches the development of young children, provides students, faculty and staff parents a safe and stimulating environment for their children and improves family life through parent education. Additionally, ASI Children’s Programs provides Cal Poly students with employment opportunities and an environment to study the development of young children.
A child goes through rapid changes during the first three years of life and the Infant-Toddler program is designed to accommodate these changes in all areas of development including: physical, emotional, social and cognitive. This program has an array of stimulating activities and materials balanced by a daily routine that provides security and predictability for the children.
A respectful approach to care is the foundation for the infant and toddler rooms. Our program encourages parent involvement. Our parents are always welcome to spend time in the classroom, especially those parents who wish to come during the day to breastfeed their infants.
This unique program for children two to three years of age provides transition time from toddler-hood to preschool.
In the transition program, children learn how to express their newfound desire for control and autonomy and at the same time grow in their interest in their peers as they develop social skills. Children are encouraged to initiate their own activities, while adults provide appropriate choices and limits. At this age, children vacillate between wanting to do it all and wanting to be cared for like an infant. An environment that promotes the children's explosive language acquisition is prevalent in the transition room. Keeping this in mind, the teachers' approach is to model behavior and language for the children to use with each other.
Our preschool environment focuses on collaboration, choice, negotiation and socialization. The main goal of daily interactions is to develop social competence in each child. The curriculum and classroom environment revolve around the children's interests. Teachers introduce new ideas and concepts that allow children time to explore and experiment in their own way at their own pace. Preschool offers a wealth of expanded experiences that help develop skills needed throughout life.