- Abilities First
Early Childhood Learning Center
Unique Childcare Center located in Middletown Ohio:
Abilities First provides an inclusive environment where children with special needs and children who are developing typically learn alongside one another and develop caring relationships.
Congratulations to Abilities First for earning a four star quality rating from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
See the news story by Michael D. Clark, Journal-News
Our Childcare Classroom Programs
Infant and Toddler Program
We follow a primary care-giving model in our Infant and Toddler classrooms. Primary care giving provides infants and toddlers with the opportunity to develop a close, trusting relationship with a consistent caregiver who knows the child and family well.
The preschool classrooms are set up for the children to learn as they explore the different centers in the environment. Our teachers work with the children in small groups so they can meet each child at their own developmental level and help them prepare for kindergarten.
School Age Program
We offer both before and after school care for school-agers up to 5th grade. We have incorporated the K-12 guidelines into our school age program to reinforce the skills our children are learning at school.
The Creative Curriculum
Our Teachers use the Creative Curriculum to plan activities for their primary group as well as create individual plans for each child. This curriculum provides teachers with a clear way to apply child development and learning theories to their everyday work with their students. With the Creative Curriculum, we are able to meet the needs of children with a broad range of abilities. Children with different learning styles and needs are able to function together in a well- organized environment. When planning our teachers focus on six developmental areas as they plan for the children.
- physical health
- emotional development
- social development
- motor development
- language and communication development
- cognitive development
Step up to Quality is Ohio’s rating system for childcare centers. Our participation means that we have gone beyond meeting the basic needs of our children. We offer a program with:
- Lower staff to child ratios, providing more one-on-one time for each child to address their individual learning needs
- The Director and at least 50% of lead teachers have credentials and/or a degree in Early Childhood Education
- The Director and all childcare staff complete continuing education each year
- Individualized lesson planning for all children so their developmental and learning needs are addressed
- Priority enrollment for children with special needs in all age groups
- Availability of on-site pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy for children during their scheduled time in the center. On-site nurses are also available
- A team approach to the management of children with special needs including families, schools, community support agencies and Abilities First personnel
- Free therapy screening to any child enrolled in the center when a parent has developmental concerns
- Routine classroom screenings for all children within the first 60 days of enrollment and repeated twice throughout the year to monitor progress
- Parent-Teacher conferences are held quarterly where parents and teachers work together to create goals for their children
Supported by United Way of Greater Cincinnati and United Way of Warren County