The atmosphere in each classroom
is warm, calm, and stimulating. A team of highly trained professional
teachers designs and implements a daily program that meets the needs
of each child in the group. When a child first enters BITC, we take
special care to plan for a successful transition. The children are
involved in activities which engage their intellects, emerging language
and motor skills, and social emotional development. Children remain
with the same group from year to year, moving through the classrooms
with the support of their friends. To assure the continuity of care
and education of our children, we maintain a close relationship
with schools and community agencies.
The program is Administered by a full time Director and a full time Associate director, with over 50 years of combined experience. Please contact either Leslie G. Yerardi, Director or Laura Corbett, Associate Director for more detailed information or to schedule a visit to the center.
Program consists of 6 classrooms:
A maximum of seven 3 month to 15 month old children are cared for
by three full time teachers and one teaching assistant.
Older Infant Room
For 12 month to 2 year olds, this room holds a group of
up to five children with two full time teachers.
19 month to 2.6 year olds enjoy being in a group that has
a maximum of nine children with three full time teachers.
So called because children will celebrate their 3rd birthday in
the course of the year. At BITC we keep the children in smaller
groups longer. This classroom for 2.6 to 3.6 year olds cares for
a group of no more than fifteen children with three full time teachers.
There are up to eighteen children with three full time teachers
in this classroom for 3.6 to 4.6 year olds.
This classroom focuses on finalizing kindergarten readiness skills and continues to support the children's social and emotional well being. There is a maximum of eighteen children with a team of three full time lead teachers. Children are placed in this classroom from 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 years old, or until kindergarten entry.
BITC is fortunate to have the ability to have two preschool rooms. This allows us to keep the overall group size lower and to have each room broken down by specific age and developmental stage. This is unusual as most preschools offer one group where children can range anywhere from 2.9 to 5 1/2 years old.
classroom integrates free indoor play, time outdoors, snacktimes,
lunch and naptimes into a dependable rhythm. The older children
enjoy daily circle times and time for structured activities and
Our hours of operation are:
Full day 7:45am to 6:00pm
AM Slot 7:45am to 1:00pm
PM Slot 11:00am to 6:00pm
serves a well-balanced, nutritious hot lunch and two snacks daily.
The content of our meals is monitored by the Department of Education
Bureau of Nutritional Services. Fresh fruit and fruit juices, whole
milk and food generally low in sugar and fat are the rule. We are
sensitive to food allergies and other dietary requirements.
BITC has always included children with special
needs in our Center. When appropriate, referrals are made to early
intervention programs, early childhood special education services,
and clinics for evaluation. BITC often benefits from the consultation
of professionals in meeting the needs of children. Identifying information
regarding children with special needs is confidential.
is fortunate to be a culturally diverse community. In an effort
to also include families who cannot afford our services, we accept
Employment and Training Vouchers from the Department of Public Welfare.
Financial information concerning families is strictly confidential.
Equal Opportunity Act
The center does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual preference, disability, or national origin in the administration of its policies or the admission of families. Our curriculum and policies seek to honor and value differences as well as to find common ground and equal opportunity. While respect for each individual is a priority, responsibility to the group and community is also a guiding light for policy and procedure decisions.