Welcome to the CrawlSpace!
If your child and your family are looking for the social benefits of group care without the more institutional feel of larger childcare programs, a small family childcare community may be a good choice. The atmosphere at the CrawlSpace is much like the home environments with which young children are most familiar. The playroom has the feel of a neighbor's living room (with a lot of toys!). The children eat in a typical kitchen and they sleep in bedrooms. When they are infants and young toddlers, they have the advantage of individual sleeping space so they are less likely to be roused by other children.
We believe strongly in the importance of community in children's lives. The children grow and learn in a mixed age group that has the feel of extended family. Carol and Sara place a strong emphasis on social and emotional development, viewing this as an important foundation to children's future success in school and in their adult lives. We offer them a "tool box" of emotional resources to help them cope with life's challenges, joys, and disappointments. One of the most gratifying elements of our work with young children is the opportunity to see them successfully establish their first friendships. They come to understand the CrawlSpace to be a place where they are loved, they are respected and valued as the unique, amazing individuals that they are, and where they are expected to treat others with respect.
And, we do all this while we are having fun! We build upon the individual interests of the children to make learning a natural and rewarding part of life. We enjoy art, music, literature, mathematics, dramatic play, movement, and explore the wonders of our natural world. We cook and we clean. We challenge our bodies in outdoor play and in our indoor play space we call "the soft space." One of the great gifts of working with young children is the way they greet each day with a tremendous capacity for joy and we try to capitalize upon that by taking time to break from the routine to appreciate this wondrous world in which we live.