Our Approach to Child Care
Learning Junction is a public, non-profit child care center in Casper. Our goal is to provide high quality child care within our community. In order to create a happy, secure and educational environment for our children, we have committed ourselves to employing professional individuals and maintaining small group sizes. Our rooms are large and well equipped with a wide variety of age appropriate toys. In all our classrooms, our teachers plan thematic units of developmentally appropriate activities for their children. Above all, we try to provide personal, caring services to meet the unique needs of each child and each parent we encounter.
Statement of Philosophy
To meet the challenges of tomorrow’s world our children need the best we can give them today. Our goal is to provide superior child care within our community – care founded on respect for each child’s heritage and family, support for each child’s unique personhood, and awareness of each child’s impact on the future. Employing committed professional educators, and maintaining optimal child/staff ratios, we will: acknowledge parents as the primary care givers and work in close cooperation with them; welcome children into a nurturing atmosphere that fosters creativity and emotional growth; provide a wide variety of hands-on child centered learning experiences; encourage children to develop skills for positive social interaction, and lay foundations for a healthy lifestyle and positive body image.
Non-discrimination Statement of Inclusiveness
Enrollment is open to any child between six weeks and five years of age. Enrollment is made without discrimination in regard to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status or political belief. We foster a welcoming relationship with outside providers to assist our children in developmental disabilities as well as embracing additional opportunities of growth through community partnerships.
The Tenderest Age
The Infant Room is designed for 8 infants, ages 6 weeks to 14 months. The infant teachers use their warm hearts and caring hands to offer lots of tender loving care. The teachers strive to nurture each child and meet their individual needs. They strive to give each child one on one attention each and every day.
We one year olds have walking feet, curious hands, and boundless curiosity for exploring – as long as you let us take our blankies, binkies and thumbs along! It takes only 10 of us to keep our teachers hopping all day long. We eat our meals together around a table like big people and do lots of fun activities designed just for us. We have a separate napping area right next to our play room because we can’t seem to agree on the best time for naps!
We’re some of the smartest, most talkative two year olds around. We keep all of Learning Junction’s staff smiling. Our teachers are very fun (and very patient). We have a new theme in our class every one or two weeks, with different toys, hands-on art and science projects, and interesting books to go with it. Our "preschool" is almost like the big kids’, but better because it’s planned just for us.
The Preschool has space for 20 children, ages three to four years. Our teachers work together as a team, coming up with great new themes each week. We get to go on a few field trips, make neat artwork, and even cook our own food sometimes. For circle time we get together and check the weather, find the date on the calendar, and sing some fun songs. The rest of the time we get to choose what center we want to play at! We also get to play outside a lot on our cool playground.
The pre-k class is on their way to kindergarten in the Fall. Our teacher has tons of activities planned for us. We keep busy going on field trips and doing fun craft activities. We are learning our letters and how to write our name, so that we will be ready for school.