OUR MODEL

Curriculum & Assessment

In guiding both center and home-based programs, CentroNía uses the Creative Curriculum with our Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. The Creative Curriculum addresses children’s development and learning in four areas– Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language. Children’s growth is documented through its GOLD developmental assessment tool. In each area, staff members observe and record progress made along a developmental continuum for each individual child. Pictures, written observations, and samples of the child’s work help both to document the child’s developmental stage and to assist the teacher in customizing appropriate activities. This data is used to adjust the curriculum to children’s needs and ensure they develop the skills necessary to be ready for school.

Dual-Language Model

CentroNía offers a bilingual (English-Spanish) environment to all students where children are exposed to native Spanish and English speakers. The choice to be bilingual stems from the many benefits on the development of young children. Learning two languages has been shown to positively impact cognitive and linguistic skills. CentroNía’s community is a mosaic of many cultures and backgrounds – some students even speak three languages – and in this environment we strive to foster a lifelong sense of acceptance and appreciation for diversity.

Family Engagement

CentroNía believes parents are a child’s first and most important teacher; therefore, we are committed to supporting them in this role. Sustainable family engagement impacts student learning and achievement. We build strong relationships with families to support their well-being and create positive parent/child relationships so both can learn and grow together. The program reflects cultural competence and universal design approaches – encompassing the beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and activities of all families.

Accreditation

CentroNía is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Centers pursuing NAEYC accreditation must meet 80% or more of the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards set forth by the accrediting body. In addition, our program in Takoma Park, MD is also accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) EXCELS, receiving the highest recognition of five stars.