The Center at Piscataway is a wonderful place for children to explore, learn and grow! Our families have peace of mind, knowing their children are safe and secure with compassionate, loving teachers. The Center at Piscataway is where early childhood educators love to work and grow personally while enjoying the opportunity to continue growing professionally! It is our "home away from home." We invite you to visit anytime, and are ready to welcome you into our family for the very best in early care and education. Piscataway Center gladly serves children and families from Rutgers and the surrounding community.
Michelle Hoffman, Center Director
Business Partner Message
Knowledge Universe has proudly supported the childcare needs of the Rutgers community since 1993. At our Center, we provide childcare and early childhood education for families where they work. We understand the need for families to have access to exceptional childcare close to their workplace or school. We are conveniently located at Rutgers’ flagship location, nestled over the banks of the Old Raritan, on the Busch campus of Rutgers University. Because of our proximity to the university, our families enjoy the benefits of remaining closely connected throughout the day, bringing parent partnerships one step closer.
We look forward to partnering with your family and sharing the joy of learning with your child!
We are very proud to say we are accredited through NAEYC! For more information about the NAEYC accreditation please visit, www.naeyc.org
The Eco-Healthy Child Care program assesses 30 critical care factors including biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products, non-toxic art supplies, PVC-free toys and more. To learn more go to: www.ecohealthychildcare.org
March's Learning Focus
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals
Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class!
Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination
The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary.
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April's Learning Focus
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens
What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens.
Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals
For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters.
The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.
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As a parent, there is a lot of anxiety that comes with bringing your child to a place where there are people you don’t yet know and then leaving them there for a majority of the day. At CCLC, I never hesitate. From the moment I walked in and met the Center Director, Joanne, I was confident that this would be a place where my son could go every day and I would not have to worry. Joanne and her faculty are nothing short of terrific. Joanne made me feel comfortable from the moment I started talking to her and made me feel right at home. My son loves going to school and leaves with a smile every day. Their curriculum is excellent and my son enjoys every minute of the learning process. One of my favorite things about being a CCLC parent is that they take pictures of my child engaged in activities throughout the day! I love being able to see what discoveries my son is making at school. Also, CCLC has an open-door policy, which allows parents to come in at whatever point in the day they choose, and come join their child while they engage in activities. I continually recommend CCLC to parents when asked about my son's experience at childcare, and I will continue to do so as they have exceeded my expectations.
- Melissa, Mother
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