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Infant Program

Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool Infant Educational Program

Infants and Newborns

Your baby is one of your most precious gifts and we are honored to be a part of their journey from the very beginning. We ensure a smooth transition to communicating milestone achievements; we’re not a daycare, we’re an extension of your home. 

Our highly trained infant teachers partner with you to ensure your baby’s developmental needs are met every step along the way. They create predictable routines and nurturing classroom environments that foster social and emotional development.  

Through age-appropriate, natural materials inspired by our Reggio Emilia approach, your infant will be introduced to sensory play, art, music, language, and fine/gross motor activities that are documented and shared with you through our daily LuvNotes®.

Our Proprietary Reggio Emilia-Inspired Curriculum

Creatively Shine®

Our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Creatively Shine®, is based on the latest research and trends to prepare your children for their educational careers, equipping them with cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language skills.

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® we believe a child’s work is play. We teach your children age-appropriate lessons, manners, and social skills all through creative and purposeful play. We believe children who enjoy learning at a young age will carry it with them throughout their lives.

Each month we have original projects, provide each classroom with new materials that reflect the monthly theme and provide related activities to support the individual concepts of the “whole child.”

The teachers at Little Sunshine’s have been so caring and wonderful! Both of my boys have thrived. The teachers care for my children as if they were their own and have taught them so much. I love that my babies learned sign language at such a young age, and my older son is thriving with their advanced curriculum. I highly recommend this program. "

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Our curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts.

Infant Development Milestones (1-3 Months)
  • Enjoys social play 

  • Raises head and cheek when lying on stomach  

  • Supports upper body with arms when lying on stomach 

  • Stretches legs out when lying on stomach or back 

  • Opens and shuts hands 

  • Pushes down on legs when feet are placed on firm surface 

  • Watches face intently 

  • Follows moving objects  

  • Recognizes familiar objects and people at a distance 

  • Starts using hands and eyes in coordination 

  • Smiles at the sound of voice 

  • Cooing noises: vocal play begins at 3 mo. 

  • Attends to sound

  • Startles to loud noise 

  • Begins to develop a social smile 

  • Enjoys playing with other people and may cry when playing stops 

  • Becomes more communicative and expressive with face and body 

  • Imitates some movements and facial expressions

Infant Development Milestones (4-7 Months)
  • Pushes up on extended arms 

  • Pulls to sitting with no head lag 

  • Sits with support of hands 

  • Supports whole weight on legs 

  • Grasps feet 

  • Transfers objects from hand to hand 

  • Uses raking grasp (not pincer) 

  • Looks for toy beyond tracking range 

  • Tracks moving objects with ease 

  • Grasps objects dangling in front of him 

  • Looks for fallen toys 

  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice 

  • Responds to sound by making sounds 

  • Uses voice to express joy and displeasure 

  • Syllable repetition beings 

  • Finds partially hidden objects 

  • Explores with hands and mouth 

  • Struggles to get objects that are out of reach

  • Enjoys social play 

  • Interested in mirror images 

  • Responds to other people’s expression of emotion

Infant Development Milestones (8-12 Months)
  • Sits unsupported for short periods 

  • Gets to the sitting position without assistance 

  • Crawls forward on belly 

  • Assumes hand and knee position 

  • Creeps on hands and knees

  • Gets from sitting to crawling or prone (lying on stomach) position 

  • Pulls self up to standing position

  • Walks holding onto furniture 

  • Stands momentarily without support 

  • May walk two or three steps without support

  • Uses pincer grasp 

  • Bangs two cubes together

  • Puts objects into container 

  • Pokes with index finger

  • Tries to imitate scribbling

  • Explores objects in many different ways 

  • Finds hidden objects easily  

  • Looks at correct picture when image is names 

  • Imitates gestures

  • Responds to simple verbal requests

  • Responds to “no” 

  • Makes simple gestures such as shaking head for no 

  • Babbles with infliction 

  • Babbles “dada” and “mama” 

  • Says “dada” and “mama” for specific people  

  • Uses exclamations such as “oh-oh”

  • Shy or anxious with strangers  

  • Cries when mother or father leaves 

  • Enjoys imitating people in play

  • Show specific preferences for certain people and toys 

  • Prefers mother and/or regular care provider over all others

  • Repeats sounds or gestures for attention

  • Finger-feeds themselves

  • Extends arm or leg to help when being dressed

Explore our Educational Programs

Infant Educational Program

Infant Program (6 weeks – 1 year)

Our highly trained infant teachers partner with you to ensure your baby’s developmental needs are met every step along the way. Our nursery staff create predictable routines and nurturing classroom environments that foster social and emotional development in your baby.  

Toddler Educational Program

Toddler Program (1-2 years)

Our toddler classrooms are designed to encourage purposeful play where our teachers guide your child through age-appropriate learning experiences that prepare them with the knowledge they need to be confident as they grow.

Early Preschool Educational Program

Early Preschool Program (2-3 years)

Your child’s preschool teacher and our classroom create a nurturing, home-like classroom environment where your toddler is treated as a capable individual, whose opinions, actions and thoughts are respected and valued.

Preschool Educational Program

Preschool Program (3-4 years)

We design our preschool classrooms with developmental milestones in mind and equip each classroom with age-appropriate, educational toys to help continue inspiring your preschoolers curiosity and desire to learn and engage with their classmates and their environment.

Pre-Kindergarten Educational Program

Pre-K Program (4-5 years)

It is our mission to prepare your child for a successful year in the wonderful world of kindergarten. Our skilled pre-K teachers help build essential skills by carefully crafting engaging activities that balance instructed learning and purposeful play.

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