About our Programs
About Our Programs
ITC is a learning community where children from infants to school-age come together with experienced and responsive teachers to learn about themselves, each other, and the world. Focused on play-based learning, we know that children thrive when we respond to their pursuits and ideas, meet their everyday needs, challenge them both educationally and creatively and celebrate the unique contributions of each child to the group. We draw inspiration from the educators of the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy as well as theorists and practitioners such as Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Howard Gardner, and Magda Gerber. Our emergent curriculum supports children as they build a foundation for academic skills through real-life situations.
A Typical Day
The day differs from group to group, based on age-appropriate curriculum guidelines.The youngest children are on individualized schedules with staff responding to their needs and promoting their interests as they arise. Infants and toddlers are free to explore in an environment filled with open ended materials, books, and opportunities to develop strong bodies. Sharing music, reading books and solving problems with a teacher nearby are part of the daily experience. Stroller walks outside and play on our infant yard are wonderful daily adventures (weather permitting).
A typical day for older children includes:
- Ample time for exploration, play and socializing both inside and outside
- Opportunities to meet together as a group to share ideas and stories, discuss concepts and sing together.
- Children share a healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, eat lunch together and rest after lunch.
- Music, movement and science are an integral part of the everyday experience.
Teachers plan activities and arrange the environment based on the children’s ever-changing interests. For example, an interest in dinosaurs may emerge in a preschool group. Teachers will support that interest by adding books and props for exploring dinosaurs and by planning experiences such as creating dioramas, drawing dinosaurs, learning their names, and other activities that give children the opportunity to explore their interest.
Parents have opportunities to learn about, and participate in, a child's experience in many ways: daily classroom journals, monthly newsletter articles, and individual "journey books" that document a child's learning and growth throughout their years at ITC. In addition, casual conversation with teachers is encouraged and formal conferences are scheduled throughout the year.
Groups are formed on a yearly basis in September. In order to foster strong teacher-child bonds and friendships, children and teachers stay together for a full year. Our primary caregiver model for infants and young toddlers ensures the youngest children benefit from the nurturing they need.
hours and calendar
ITC is open 7:45 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday year-round. Families benefit from flexible scheduling by developing a consistent hourly schedule at a minimum of 8 hours per week.
School-age children may attend before and after school and are transported by Acton Public School bus or by parents. During school vacations and in summer, ITC has full-day school-age programs – both for current and un-enrolled students (as space permits).
ITC closes the two weeks leading up to Labor Day and the last week of December for staff holidays and professional development.