Racine County Opportunity Center Inc. ( RCOC)     

Creating Opportunity for Life's Potential through Learning and Living               


Sereving People with  Special  Needs

About The Nestling Place Childcare Center

The Nestling Place is a state licensed day care center sponsored by the Racine County Opportunity Center, Inc.  (RCOC).  Since 1957, RCOC, a non-profit corporation, has dedicated itself to responding to various special needs in the community.  As a continuation of that mission, RCOC is responding to a present and future need in Racine County--specialized early childhood education/day care. 

The Nestling Place has been recognized by Youngstar and the state of Wisconsin as a high quality daycare providing us with a four star rating.  We are one of a handful in Racine County that has received this rating.  We are currently working with the National Association of the Early Young Child (NAEYC) to become accredited and become a five star center in Racine County.  We are hoping to receive the rating by Spring of 2019.

The Nestling Place offers comprehensive programming to all families seeking high quality early education. We work side by side with the birth to three program and because of this, we specialize in the provision of day care to those children with special needs.  However, we are an inclusive program, meaning that we strive to meet all children, with or without special needs, at their individual levels in their classroom environments and day to day routines.  Thus, all children learn and play together.

Children with special needs may receive social-emotional, speech, physical and occupational therapy based on their needs, directly embedded into the classroom environment. Our teachers are highly trained professionals with many years experience in both the early childcare field and working with special needs.

Other program highlights include:

  • We are open Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 6:30pm.
  • Flexible scheduling
  • An indoor playground and fenced outdoor playground
  • Stimulating classroom environments
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks included in tuition and following USDA guidelines
  • Before and after school care

Our 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.


Our Curriculum

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.


Developmental Assessments

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. 

With parents permission, the screening system and assessment is completed by the teachers with input from the parents.  The assessments are then used to meet individual children at their developmental levels through lesson planning and small group experiences.  In some cases, the assessments can also identify infants or young children who may be in need of further evaluation. Referrals would then be made to either the Birth to 3 program or Racine Unified School District, depending on the age of the child.

The areas that are assessed include:

  • Communication
  • Gross Motor
  • Fine Motor
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal-Social


For each individual child, the teachers take the above assessments to further meet children at their individual levels of development needs.  These assessments, as well as work samples and observations are kept in individual portfolios that will help track the child's progress throughout their journey at TNP.

Parent Conferences

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. 

Referral Services

There are times when parents or teachers have concerns that a child may be delayed in an area of development or when a child has been diagnosed with a genetic disorder.  This can be a frightening and difficult time for the parents as they come to terms with their child's delay or diagnosis.  We are blessed to offer Birth to 3 services on site and can help family's through the referral process and their time in the Birth to 3 program.  We also work closely with the special needs department at Racine Unified for those children over three years of age.  For further information on qualification for the Birth to 3 programs, see the Child Development Unit page.  For more information on what Racine Unified has to offer, please see Racine Unified's home page for those children 3 years and older.


Healthy Kids

The Nestling Place Child Care Center participates in the Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP), a federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children enrolled in day care. All meals and snacks are provided, including infant formula and food  as part of the tuition and rotate on a four-week plan. At TNP, we focus on making meal times a part of our everyday lesson plan where we can teach the children about portion sizes and how to eat healthy. Meals and snacks are prepared on site by our friendly kitchen staff. We have begun practicing family style service with our children two and over, as well to enhance their self-help skills.

Many children today have specific allergies and epi-pens for allergic reactions. We will work with families to meet the needs of the child if there are allergies, different nutritional needs, or different religious beliefs.  Our staff is both trained and has experience with many different types of allergies and the epi-pen used for allergic reactions.

We also promote a full 60 minutes of large motor play in either our indoor gym or fenced in play yard.  The 60 minutes are broken into two half hour segments throughout the day.  There are also planned physical activities during this time as well.