The following is an introduction to Interlake’s programs and philosophy. For more in depth information, download our Family Handbook.
Interlake Child Care and Learning Center is a NAEYC accredited, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, founded in 1982. Our staff is dedicated to establishing a supportive, child-centered environment that enriches each child’s love of learning. They bring a rich history and a variety of learning techniques to share with the children.
Interlake Child Care and Leaning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC promotes excellence for early childhood education programs, and families of young children who attend NAEYC-accredited programs can be confident that they deliver the highest quality early care and education. You can find more information about accreditation standards for NAEYC programs here.
Interlake’s philosophy of early childhood education embraces the notion that children develop best by exploring the world around them at their own pace. Our curriculum emphasizes individual creativity and positive social interactions, with the goal of broadening children’s worldview and increasing their sense of accomplishment. Children guide the direction of their own learning while teachers carefully observe, guide when needed and support each child’s development.
Interlake’s programs support the healthy development of the expressive, cooperative and problem solving skills children need to successfully function as social beings. Children are encouraged to constructively identify (to themselves, classmates and caregivers) their own feelings and needs, while also respecting the needs and feelings of others. This approach, which includes our anti-bias curriculum, endows children with lasting social skills, respect for others, healthy self-esteem and the formative experience of participation and pride in a community.
Extended Family Model
Interlake emulates the extended family model of care, which emphasizes the importance of relationships and allows children to join together with people of different ages, personalities and teaching styles. It also promotes peaceful conflict resolution and supports a close-knit community of parents, teachers and children.
We encourage parents to become part of the Interlake community through parent education seminars, summer camp-outs, evening socials, Parent Association sponsored-events, and many more fun activities.
Interlake has three programs – Infants (2 to approx. 15 months), Toddlers (approx. 16 to approx. 30 months), and Preschoolers (approx. 2 ½ to approx. 5 years) and is NAEYC accredited. For specific information on each of our classroom programs, click on the classroom you are interested in learning more about below.
We provide a delicious vegetarian meal program featuring wholesome, homemade foods that offers plenty of variety. Breakfast, a hot lunch and two afternoon snacks are included in the cost of tuition. We can adjust the menu to accommodate a child’s special dietary requirements. We are also a nut-free center.
At Interlake, parent involvement is very important to us, and we enjoy partnering with families to help our little school grow. As an Interlake Parent, you may wish to consider joining one of these committees to help shape our community:
Community Building Committee:
The Community Building Committee creates opportunities for our parents to get to know one another better, and to strengthen the bonds that Interlake kids are building each day at school. They plan events like book clubs, impromptu get-togethers, and annual Harvest Festival each November. In addition they come up with creative ways show appreciation to the amazing staff that cares for Interlake children each day.
The Technology Committee supports Interlake by helping with hardware and software as well as recommending improvements to systems, processes, and resources. They also make recommendations about internet and networking issues.
The main focus of the Facilities Committee is the quarterly work parties that keep Interlake functioning well and looking great! This committee organizes the task list and helps volunteers get things done on the day of the party. They also facilitate larger, non-work Party projects like plumbing repair, insulation, and roof maintenance.
The Fundraising Committee helps to fund the vision of Interlake. They raise funds to achieve goals not funded exclusively by tuition, such as interior/exterior beautification projects for our school, kitchen upgrades, or classroom furniture. This committee also runs the annual Auction.
This newer committee focuses on ways to enhance and talk about diversity at Interlake. At Interlake, we understand that what our children learn in these early years stays with them for the rest of their lives—we want a healthy understanding of diversity of race, gender, socio-economic, family make-up, sexual orientation, belief systems, physical abilities/disabilities, and experiences to be a part of this early learning.