Through our Child Development Services, Eliada strives to provide a loving and educational environment for young children in hopes that they can flourish in the community and acquire a love of learning that lasts a life time. We believe that every child is special and unique, and we strive to provide an environment that is accepting of all children and families. Eliada’s Child Development Staff work to ensure that children develop cognitively, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Each classroom implements Creative Curriculum, in which the underlying philosophy is based in cognitive development. Creative Curriculum helps the teacher to observe children more purposefully, and comprise a plan which can be administered to the individual or the group as a whole. The goal is to integrate learning into everyday experiences.
Eliada’s Child Development Services has four components: pre-school, NC Pre-Kindergarten, after school, and summer camp.
Pre-school holds a 5 star license and serves children from birth to age five during normal business hours, 7:00am-5:30pm Monday-Friday. These services are open year-round, and teachers develop creative lesson plans that encourage imagination, curiosity, and questioning the world around them. The teachers also encourage respect, cooperation, and celebrate cultural diversity.
Eliada currently offers a kindergarten readiness program entitled, “NC Pre-Kindergarten”. NC Pre-Kindergarten is operated through Smart Start and runs Monday-Friday 7:30am-2:00pm during the normal school year. This program is specifically for children in the community who are identified as being at risk for failure in school. The program is designed to teach children the skills they will need to succeed in school. The teachers work closely with Buncombe County Schools therapists and identify children with special needs early and connect them with the services that they need to succeed.
Eliada’s After School program also holds a five-star rating and serves children from age five through 12 from 2:00pm-5:30pm each day. After School is also open day on school holidays, teacher work days, and during inclement weather. Dedicated and well-educated staff plan and initiate physical activity, arts and crafts, games, music activities, and more. Tutors are provided daily for the students who are having difficulty in school.
During the summer, Eliada offers one of the most affordable Summer camps in the Asheville area. Campers are able to play outdoors, swim, go horseback riding, and enjoy the NYPUM mini-bikes. Students also take field trips; enjoy guest speakers and special demonstrations, and other stimulating activities. Summer camp operates Monday through Friday from 7:00am-5:30pm.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOOL-AGE SERVICES TEAM MEMBERS
Eliada’s Child Development Services (ECDS) are headed by our Director of Child Development. The Director oversees both the school age and pre-school programs, making sure that we are in line with NC licensing standards and ensuring that our five-start license is maintained. Pre-school and school age services are more closely managed under the guidance of the Director by the Pre-school Program Manager and the School Age Program Manager. Program Managers (PM) ensure that staffing needs are met and help guide families in the process of enrolling their children into their respective programs.
The teachers in our Child Development are highly qualified to be serving our population. All of our child care staff has earned their early childhood credentials and the majority of Lead Teachers has earned Bachelor’s degrees in Birth-Kindergarten Education and is licensed teachers. Staff are required to attend continuing education and training programs with Buncombe County Child Care Services throughout their employment with us.
Eliada Teachers screen and assess children each year to determine if special services are needed. If it is determined that Children require special services, Teachers make the appropriate referrals.
Teachers work in conjunction with speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, play therapists, and parents to create Individualized Education Plans that include goals for the classroom teachers and home.
Therapists work individually with the children enrolled in our program on site in a private space making therapy easy, comfortable and consistent for the child, family and therapist.
The infant room has a lead teacher that knowledgeable in sign language and this is incorporate signing into the infant’s daily routine. Parents are also taught sign language.
Eliada arranges free annual vision, hearing, and dental screenings for all children. Eliada makes referrals and helps to arrange to have services provided on site.
Teachers create profiles of children strengths and areas of concerns that follow children to Kindergarten.
Before a child reaches their Kindergarten classroom the Kindergarten Teacher has received an “All about Me!” form that describes the child’s likes, dislikes, habits, favorites, strengths, and areas that they need help with.
NC Pre-Kindergarten Teachers meet with Kindergarten Teachers of special needs children and participate in their first IEP meeting before attending Kindergarten.
Our After-school program offers help to the family through several avenues including holiday gift giving, food assistance for struggling families, assistance with referrals to outside resources, and support with their child’s school personnel.