Teen parents rarely, if ever, put their children into preschool. Most cannot afford it. But research has shown that much of what you need to succeed in life is established before you enter kindergarten.
In Kidsters, infants and toddlers are cared for in the nursery and children, ages 3-5 years, are engaged in our fun early childhood education curriculum. Both the nursery and the pre-school group focus on physical development and benchmarks, cognitive and language development, and social-emotional development. Kidsters sessions include interactive learning time, which follows the curriculum through activities, worksheets and crafts. Circle time sets a daily theme, which is carried through in the interactive session and story and nursery rhyme times – providing many modalities for teaching and learning. Though we are not a preschool, we provide a preschool environment and curriculum that helps prepare children for Kindergarten and life.
Children of teen parents are at greater risk of developmental delays, and emotional disturbances such as hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, aggression and low self esteem. Without a support system around them, these issues rarely get noticed or addressed and, left undetected, can advance, creating more serious and lifelong consequences.
Kidsters focuses on identifying developmental delays and behavioral issues at the earliest stage possible and then links families to appropriate services and support. Some of our community partners include Nurse Family Partnership, County of Orange Behavioral Services Department, Laura’s House, County of Orange Public Health Nursing, OCHA Connect the Tots, OCHCA Prevention & Intervention Youth As Parents program, Children’s Bureau In Home Infant and Toddler programs, and the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center. Since our inception we have invested in the lives of over 1,000 children.