BDLC is a multicultural, family-oriented child care center that encourages each child to develop to his or her unique potential. Our teachers and support staff provide a safe, caring environment while engaging children in developmentally appropriate curricula.
Bloomington Developmental Learning Center, Inc. was founded in 1973 by parents and teachers who were bound by similar child-care philosophies. BDLC is one of the largest and oldest child-care centers in Monroe County. It is licensed by the State of Indiana and is a participant in Paths to Quality reaching Level 3.
What distinguishes BDLC from other child care centers?
BDLC HAS EARNED THE HERALD TIMES READERS CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST CHILD CARE CENTER multiple times, including 2013!
BDLC continues to rate level 3 in the state program PATHS TO QUALITY: Going above and beyond state licensing in teacher professional development, early childhood curricula and scheduling, and health and safety standards. We also rate 5 Stars in the state’s Environmental Recognition Program as we continue to apply Integrated Pest Management and other earth-friendly to avoid chemicals and toxins in our environment.
BDLC’s educational philosophy is rooted in several curriculum models as well as our own unique wholistic approach. Our dedicated teachers continue with professional development each year that goes beyond their early childhood or elementary degrees and certifications. BDLC teachers observe children and provide a framework for learning by finding the “zone of proximal development”– where each child is in emerging development– and then creating the classroom environment and individual and social engagements to support their growth. Our teachers define developmentally appropriate, as well as culturally and individually appropriate goals and activities for all our children.
BDLC teachers also provide a social framework for small and large groups of children interacting with structured and unstructured or open-ended materials. We provide a balance between teacher-guided and child-directed activities and also stress a caring curriculum for taking care of each other, ourselves, and our spaces. At BDLC we recognize the importance of using creative thinking as well as linear thinking–whole brain/body approach reflected in the physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and communicative benefits of art, music, dance, storytelling and outdoor experiences. We believe all children can be very happy learners!
CONTINUITY OF CARE
At BDLC we follow the practice of Continuity of Care. What this means is we minimize transitions as children age by keeping teachers with the same group of children when they move to a new classroom. This occurs until preschool and then the children remain with these teachers in the same classroom from 4 years to 5 years old.
Each year teachers also pursue a minimum of 20 hours professional development. BDLC is concentrating on the following for 2013-14:
CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE: The focal point is Five-Steps to Self-Regulation. Preschool lead teachers Randi Peach and Rachel Hancock have attended the conference and are training BDLC teachers and staff.
CURRICULAR SUPPORT: Lead teacher Cori Sulinski will train teachers in various elements of curriculum development, working with infant/toddler and preschool groups.
TAKING STEPS TO HEALTHY SUCCESS PROJECT: Asst. Director Natalie Gray and Kindergarten teacher Dana Cook are taking part in a state program that promotes movement and exercise for young children. BDLC will receive materials and lesson plans for all our age groups.
BDLC teachers and all part-time support staff are certified annually in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions to provide the safest environment for our children.
BDLC teachers and all support staff train in child abuse prevention, foundations of early childhood, and inclusion principles.
BDLC serves vegetarian meals from our own kitchen! Our cooks use whole grain, fresh produce, and organic foods to provide healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for our children and staff. We compost and raise some of the vegetables in our organic garden.
BDLC infant room teachers support nursing mothers and work with them to provided mother’s milk. Diapers, baby food, and formula are also provided at no extra cost.
If you are interested in learning more, please stop by for a tour! Tours are daily–either mornings until 11:00 or afternoons after 3:30–we close classrooms during lunch and nap time.