by Gary Axelbank
November 8, 2018
The number one priority at the Children’s Corner Learning Center at the Hutch Metro Center’s Bronx Atrium is ‘love and nurtring’, according to Education Director Cynthia Carroll. The concept is what binds the range of programs for infants and toddlers from six weeks-old, all the way to pre-school and school-age children who are five years-old. Carroll says it makes their daily classrooms and playrooms not only educationally sound, but vital for children’s social and emotional growth, too.
“We see them as our own and feel that once they come into the Children’s Corner family everybody in this family is going to look out for them, whether teachers across the hall or a teacher who might be just coming into a classroom just to say ‘Hi’,” she said. “I consider myself like their Grandma or Auntie. Every day I greet the kids, I get hugs and high fives, even the little ones who are under two.”
Fostering a creative and educational environment that includes arts, music, movement, and rhythm, math, language development and even outdoor play, Children’s Corner relies on its more than 40 years of experience to prepare youngsters for their long term and more immediate futures in Kindergarten. Sometimes that takes in the most fundamental guidance.
“We’re trying to get the kids ready for Kindergarten when it comes to potty training, their motor skills, and even how to sit to feed themselves,” Caroll said. ‘We’re getting them ready to be as independent as possible as well as interact with each other. Because once they get to Kindergarten there are more children and it’s a little harder to assimilate and since we have smaller class sizes it makes it a little bit easier for them.”
Parents like Morris Park’s Tiffany Peluso, who drops off her one and two year-olds every morning before she goes to work as a media professional in Manhattan, see the difference the Children’s Corner’s ‘love and nurturing’ can mean.
“I’m a very particular mom so I want the right place for my children and the safest place. So I found this gem and I love it. It’s been a home away from home and I feel very confident when my kids are here.”
As she picked up her chldren after yet another happy day for them, she marveled over the Children’s Corner’s clean and bright classrooms, the staff that she called ‘amazing’, the calendar and printed curriculums they give parents to keep them engaged, and even the food. Yes, the food.
“A lot of daycares don’t offer food for children, but this school actually does,” she said, “and I like that it’s a healthy balanced diet that they give the kids Other daycares that I experienced were cluttered, kids were all bunched in classrooms from ages three months to about four years of age and I didn’t like that.”
Children’s Corner Learning Center, Bronx Metro Center Atrium, 1776 Eastchester Road