Warm, caring, loving and consistent…. Happy Days staff provide an atmosphere infants and toddlers thrive in. Age appropriate experiences planned by staff enhance new and expanding skills. Children make gains in social, language, self-help, motor, and problem solving skills.
The infant-toddler schedules include walks whenever possible, two separate playgrounds specially designed for under 1 year olds and 1-2 year olds, breakfast, lunch, snacks and a variety of music.
This is an extremely important year for growth and development. Children may come to this class as awkward and egocentric toddlers but leave as independent and social preschoolers!
Learning to share toys, becoming more independent and expanding on adult language are major skills for this group. Playing with playdough, puzzles, finger and hand games develop writing muscles. Singing songs, short circle time activities and listening to others, encourages group socializing and taking turns. Staff gear activities to guide children toward these goals.
The preschool/pre-k program is available for children ages three to five years during which time they engage in activities to prepare them for Kindergarten. We offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on themes for this age level.
The daily schedule consists of: indoor and outdoor play, breakfast, group time, lunch, stories, music, drama, art and computer time as well as field trips and special events. Children also learn skills such as listening in a group, participating in group discussions, problem solving with peers and adults, and many self help skills.
The program meets daily Monday-Friday after school at Happy Days. Staff members meet the Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Fisher school and walk them back to Happy Days. Sunderland students, ages five to twelve, also attend by bus.
Supervised activities include arts and crafts, games, group projects, cooking, computer time, occasional field trips, and both indoor and outdoor playtime. A snack is provided each afternoon and doing homework is an option. On snow days and school vacations we offer supervised activities for school age children 5-12 years old.
Arlington Area Childcare/Happy Days Playschool is committed to making tuitions affordable for our families. We have developed a sliding fee scale, based on income, which includes a large discount for the second child.
RATES: (per hour)
Level 5: $51,000 + (1st Child: $6.50)
Level 4: $46,000-$50,999 (1st Child: $5.80)
Level 3: $35,000-$45,999 (1st Child: $5.35)
Level 2: $30,000-$34,999 (1st Child: $5.15)
Level 1: $25,000-$29,999 (1st Child: $4.65)
*Additional child costs upon request
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Achieving 5 STARS with the State of Vermont – In March 2014, Happy Days Playschool achieved 5 STARS accreditation with the State of Vermont. STARS (Step Ahead Recognition System) is Vermont’s system for recognizing quality licensed early childhood programs throughout the state. Five stars indicate an outstanding rating above and beyond regular licensing requirements and provides benefits for both providers and families.
Five Star programs are outstanding in 5 areas;