Judy Center programs foster young children’s physical, social, language and cognitive abilities – skills that help children become accomplished learners and students. We assist parents in becoming effective “first teachers” of their children. We also survey our parents about their own educational goals and offer various adult education classes to assist them in meeting their goals.
We offer parenting programs that foster knowledge of child development, learning about “teachable moments” and focus on good health, mental health and wellness practices.
Examples of the programs we offer include:
» Terrific Tots
Play groups program for 2-4 year olds and their parents with play activities, stories, songs, finger plays, and dancing, counting activities and learning about sounds. Recreation and Parks provides a teacher and an assistant to lead these one hour groups. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays: Session 1 meets at 9:30am; Session 2 meets at 11:00am. All sessions are held at the Judy Center (in the portable classroom next to Cradlerock Elementary School). Call 410-381-9024 to register.
» Cradlerock Friends
A program for 1-3 year olds who may be receiving Early Intervention Services (Infants and Toddlers). Early socialization, learning, and language development set the stage for school readiness.
» Families Together Nights
A family fun night that begins with dinner at 6pm followed by a special early learning cultural arts presentation/program focusing on early reading, science (animals, the planets and space), fitness, magic, and social emotional awareness. All families within the Cradlerock ES attendance area with children birth through age five are invited to attend. Programs happen in October, December, January, March and April and are held in the CRES school cafeteria. The East Columbia Library sends staff with a selection of books and materials for parents to borrow and Howard Community College is available for information and registration.
»Play and Learn– 1-2 yr olds enjoy stories, movement, dance, making friends and language development. Make and take art activity. Child receives free book each class.
» Health and Wellness Fair
A screening fair for families with young children birth to 5
» Infant Massage
Classes for parents with babies up to 10 months old
» Sign Language and Storytelling
Classes for parents with children up to 2 years
» Child Development Classes
Classes for parents on various early childhood topics: temper tantrums, toilet training, biting, food and nutrition, physical health and development, early language development, importance of early literacy
» Adult Education Classes
Basic Computer Skills
Learning how to use a computer
Learning basic English conversational skills
Making nutritional meals for families
Learning about language and literacy with a science/math focus and social emotional/play focus
Developing an effective family budget
Our early childhood programs at CRES and child care partner programs in the community meet the highest national and state standards, ensuring that children participate in developmentally appropriate learning with teachers who have participated in extensive staff development courses and activities.