Child Development Center
6 years and counting. Staff feels like family, the kids don't want to leave at the end of the day. Creating memories that will last a lifetime makes it easier to go to work every day.
The Hands of Opportunity Child Development Center, formally known as Nestling Place, is a state licensed group center that is open to the public but specializes with children with special needs.
Other program highlights include:
- We are open Monday through Friday from 5:30am to 6:30pm.
- Flexible scheduling and Tuition Fees
- An indoor playground and fenced outdoor playground
- Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks included in tuition and following USDA guidelines
- Inclusive classrooms for all children of all needs
- 4 Star Youngstar rating by the State of Wisconsin
- Certified and experienced staff
- Learning through Play philosophy
The Nestling Place strives to meet every child at their developmental levels through play while meeting the families needs by connecting them to community resources.
Based on research provided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), play is an essential part to the child's learning process. By embedding learning directly into the child's play, we can observe and monitor the child's growth in all areas of development including social-emotional , cognitive (or how a child learns), gross and fine motor (how the child moves), and communication.
This is, in part, why play is such an important component in our lesson planning and room environments.
We use the Creative Curriculum to enhance our environment and day to day activities for all children to learn through play. Creative Curriculum is a research based curriculum that provides our teachers with todays' best practices to enhance all children's individual outcomes through effective teaching.
Ages and Stages
The Ages & Stages assessments are used as an early intervention to identify infants and young children who may have developmental delays or disorders. We also use Six Simple Ways to Assess as another tool to assess and to track the development of the children in our care.
The areas that are assessed include:
- Gross Motor
- Fine Motor
- Problem Solving
For each individual child, the teachers take the above assessments to further meet children at their individual levels of development needs.
Twice a year, we encourage parents to meet individually with their child's teacher to discuss the child's development, accomplishments, and concerns. The teachers and parents together decide on goals for the child and strategies that can be implemented both in the classroom and at home to help the child succeed.
Tour, Tuition and Enrollment Information
Our tuition rates were developed with working
parents as well as students in mind. We offer flexible scheduling with
drop in and weekly flat rates available. Contact us for more information
on how our fees work.
We encourage all parents to
take a tour of our facility to see the grounds and meet the staff. At the
tour we will be happy to provide you a packet with enrollment paperwork that we
will go over together. After filling out the paperwork required, parents
meet with the director for a 15 minute meeting to go over contract and any
accommodations that we need to provide.