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Inside Scoop on Explore + Discover Early Learning Center

Along Second Avenue in New York City, you’ll come across an organization like no other.  Explore + Discover Early Learning Center is an organization that provides both excellent and unique childcare in the heart of Manhattan. Infants and toddlers will feel right at home as they receive nurturing care, and learn life-long social and physical skills.

Bell Family had the opportunity to talk with the Co-Founder & President of Explore + Discover for a Q&A, to provide a quick guide for families on why this should be their new go-to for childcare.

Q: How does a family apply to be part of Explore + Discover? How much advance time should a family give for the application process? Do you offer all age programs?

Families begin the application process by calling and setting up a time to visit the center. Once the date/time are scheduled, prospective parents (with or without child/children) come in for a visit with our Director and/or Educational Director. This accomplishes a number of important objectives, including but not limited to:

- Giving us an opportunity to learn more about the child and family.
- Allowing us to more completely explain how the program operates, and answer any questions.
- Letting the family see the facility, and the program in action.

We recommend that if a family is considering applying to the program at that point, that they fill out an application and pay the application fee at the time of their visit. This allows the family to be in the queue, and if they should decide to take next steps to join the program, we have their information and are able to move things along fairly quickly.

Advance time is always recommended—we have some families who come to us when they are thinking of conceiving, which is wonderful (and frankly pretty forward-thinking from a family-planning POV).  At the same time, we keep our doors open to families who may not make preparations in advance, and if we can accommodate them, we are happy to!

Q: What does a common day look like for an infant or toddler at Explore + Discover? What kind of activities can they expect to be apart of?

A typical day for a child at Explore + Discover involves a combination of open exploration, thoughtfully planned creative experiences, and careful attention to caregiving routines.

We believe that allowing children time for exploration through free play each day is vital for social and emotional growth. Each classroom environment is designed with the age and developmental level of the children in mind, offering high quality open-ended materials to encourage creative play.

We also offer a variety of open-ended art and musical experiences throughout the week. Art specialists, as well as classroom teachers, plan engaging activities as a creative outlet for the children. Painting, mark making or drawing, working with clay, and collage are just a sampling of the experiences in our art studio.

Many of our teachers play the guitar and each class is visited by the music teachers, where they listen to, and eventually sing along with familiar songs and rhymes. As part of our Music Before Words program, the children are exposed to a variety of instruments. They are encouraged to listen to the sounds, move to the music, and even touch or play each instrument.

A thoughtful focus on caregiving makes Explore + Discover unique. Feeding, sleeping, and diapering routines are looked at as a time for bonding and beginning to encourage independence.

Q: What are some key items you look to teach the children that attend Explore + Discover? Tell us about your mission.

At Explore + Discover, our goal is to set the foundation for children to become lifelong learners.

We encourage them to investigate their curiosities and wonderings by providing an engaging classroom environment and enriching open-ended materials.

We believe that teachers are partners in learning rather than the keepers of knowledge, therefore providing opportunities for exploration, creating, and questioning.

Using the children’s natural interests and developmental stage as a starting point, the teachers design curriculum unique to each group. By the time the children leave E+D, it is our hope that they have developed the self-confidence, problem solving skills, and inquisitiveness needed to navigate the upcoming years of school.

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Written by our Marketing & Social Media Consultant, Taylor Bell

Development Milestones Ages 2-12 Months

Moms and Dads everywhere are snapping photos of their child’s first smile, laugh, wave, and the big one – steps! We’d call these moments milestones in a child’s life, and the same probably goes for the parents, too.

The CDC.gov website provides an impressive list of milestones for children ages two months to five years old. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the top ones focusing on children ages 2-12 months.

2 months:
Begins to smile
Coos
Can hold up own head

4 months:
Copies some movements/facial expressions
Babbles with expression
Lets you know if they’re happy or sad

6 months:
Rolls over
Responds to own name
Brings things to mouth

9 months:
Understands “no”
Crawls
Stands holding on

12 months:
Uses simple gestures (waves, shakes head)
Says “mama” or “dada”
Sits without help

For the complete list of milestones, click here.

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Written by our Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, Taylor Bell

Infant Must-Haves for Travel

We compiled a list of some of the top travel must-haves to carry on your excursions with your infant this Summer. Take a read, print out, and use it as your checklist for your next travel adventure!

Clothing/Accessories
Dressy outfit
Casual outfits
Sweater
Socks
Swimsuit
Pajamas (2 per baby)
Sunglasses (we love Babiators!)
Sunhat

Feeding
Manual breast pump and accessories
Baby bottles
Baby bottle brush
Dish soap
To-go powdered formula
Snacks for mom
Burp cloths
Bibs

Toiletries/Bath
Baby bath towel and washcloth
Bath soap

Technology
iPad/iPhone for baby music
Cell phone
Cell phone charger

Diapering (in Addition to Diaper Bag)
Box of wipes
Diapers
Sealable plastic bags for diapers
Hand sanitizer
Disposable swim

Baby Gear
Stroller (might not be needed for quick trips)
Baby carrier (Baby Bjorn or sling)
Car seat
Pacifiers and pacifier hooks
Baby monitor (both pieces)

Bedding
Travel crib (or book a hotel that already has this)
Breathable blanket for shading stroller

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Written by our Founder & CEO, Lindsay Bell!