Preschool is a critical time for children to develop language and literacy skills, and this is especially true for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. VCDHH understands that there are many factors for parents to consider when choosing a quality preschool for their child, including the school’s overall educational philosophy, classroom environment, and teachers’ experience and qualifications. Wanting to provide high quality day and pre-school care on our campus, we opened the Little Arrows Early Childhood Center.
Little Arrows currently provides care for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The center is open five days a week from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM and offers different time sessions to meet parents’ and caregivers’ various schedule needs.
At Little Arrows, we strive to create a safe, welcoming and creative environment for children and their families—a fun place where children can play and learn with their peers. Our program is focused on developing the “whole child,” providing children with the necessary tools and skills needed to reach their fullest potential emotionally, physically (through fine and gross motor skills), cognitively and socially. At the same time, the children have opportunities to socialize with a diversity of children. Our approach is to develop a strong relationship with every child as well as his or her family and to provide them with necessary resources and information to help home learning work together with Little Arrows learning.
Because Little Arrows is a part of VCDHH, children have access to the campus’ various facilities and resources, including the Austine School for the Deaf’s library and gym, and the campus nature trail and pond. Our beautiful campus is wide and safe and provides an excellent environment in which Little Arrows children can explore and discover.
Little Arrows uses the Creative Curriculum as our educational foundation, a program that is taught by qualified staff members who have experience teaching deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children. We provide our staff with tools and resources necessary to work effectively with the diversity of children entering the center. In addition, our director, Lauren Hakala, works closely with Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center to ensure the center’s staff members have many opportunities for professional development and gain experience with the latest teaching techniques and creative classroom programs.
Through VCDHH, Little Arrows children and families that are eligible can receive additional support programs and services. Little Arrows accepts Child Care Financial Assistance from the states of Vermont and New Hampshire.
For additional information please call Director Lauren Hakala at 802-258-9571.
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