Young Parents Program helps Anthony become a Shining Star

Anthony F - ChesterAnthony’s teacher at STAR 3 Chester County Intermediate Unit Infant Center uses Early Learning Standards, developmentally appropriate practices, to help him grow.

Young Anthony F. lives at home with his teen-aged parent. Anthony and his mother are supported by the Young Parents Program from the Chester County Intermediate Unit Infant Center. Because of this program they receive many different forms of support such as parenting class, social programs, and a caseworker who works closely with them. Anthony receives Child Care Works child care assistance, which enables him to attend the Infant Center. The Infant Center has been involved in the Keystone STARS program since 2002 and is currently a STAR 3 center. The staff at the Infant Center is made up of caring, loving people who each have 20 or more years’ experience in child care.

Anthony came to the center at the age of 9 weeks old. Anthony was a happy and playful baby, always aware of his surroundings. Working with Anthony through the different stages of developmentally appropriate practices, using the Infant-Toddler Early Learning Standards has been a real pleasure. Seeing Anthony reach each different milestone was exciting for the staff, this was done by learning through play. We at the Infant Center create a rich language environment, enhanced with interactive play, making it easy to teach a child. The teachers at the Infant Center believe in play because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of the child. Anthony’s mother has been involved in every aspect of Anthony’s development. His mother is very comfortable leaving him at the center knowing that it is a high quality child care center, enriched with high quality developmentally appropriate toys supported by Keystone STARS.

Because of the high quality education that Anthony has received and still is receiving from his Keystone STAR 3 center today, Anthony is a very well rounded child in all areas of development. His language skills are excellent – talking from the time he enters the center until he leaves. Anthony vocalizes his needs and wants, responding appropriately to his teacher. He communicates in one or two word phrases to all who enter the center, always greeting them with “Hello.” While we treasure all of our little Stars in the center, Anthony is our Shining Star.

Nominated by Susan L, Anthony’s teacher at CCIU Infant Center, Chester County

 

 

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