The Neighborhood House of Auburn, NY Inc. is a child development center that is home to 121 children in the city of auburn and surrounding areas. We care for children ages six weeks to 5 years, as well as, before and after school care/Summer program for school age children. We are also affiliated with the Auburn School District and provide a full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, free for Auburn residents. The Neighborhood House is licensed through the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and is inspected quarterly as well as any unscheduled time in between. For a closer look at regulations and information on OCFS go to: http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/
The Neighborhood House is divided into three separate wings: Infant wing, Toddler wing and Preschool/School-Age wing. Within those wings there are separate rooms to maintain ratios set by OCFS. Each room is complete with a bathroom (appropriately sized for that age group), a sink, eating area and comfortable space where centers are created to enable the children to strengthen their skills (Fine motor, Gross Motor, Sensory, etc.). Our teachers are required to submit lesson plans each week to ensure that every room has a sufficient amount of structured play.
Many children enroll at an early age and transition their way to the older classrooms. Transitions are based on age, developmental readiness and the comfort of the parents. Parents are encouraged to be a large part of their child's experience at the Neighborhood House. We work closely with parents to discuss all aspects of their child's well-being. Communication is a key element in the success of each child's experience with us.
We promote children's independence in the classroom by encouraging children to complete basic tasks, participate in family style meals, and communicate wants and needs from sign language in the infant rooms to verbalizing those wants and needs in toddler and preschool wings. The basic tasks that the children are responsible for are washing and drying their own hands, using the potty by themselves, cleaning up after they are done playing in different areas, and so on. The family style meals consist of food served by the kitchen, which follows the Child and Adult Food Care Program, the children setting and clearing their own dishes, children conversing with one another while teachers engage them, table manners, and children serving themselves with appropriate portions while teachers assist them.
The most important part about a child's experience with the Neighborhood House is play. We believe that children learn best through play, and they don't mind it so much either. The rooms are set up in centers, our favorite being the dramatic play areas. Teachers come up with different themes for their dramatic play areas each month coinciding with their lesson plans. Children get a chance to act like mail men/woman, campers, waiters/waitresses, doctors, lawyers and much more. Parents are always welcome to come and observe their child's classroom or get a feel for a classroom that their child will be enrolled in. Tours are given at the families convenience, you are not required to call ahead, although, it is preferred. To schedule a tour today call (315)252-5741.
81 Wall Street
Auburn, NY 13021