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
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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May's Learning Focus
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes
Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.
Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water
Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important.
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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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