Samaritan Early Learning Center is licensed by the Oregon Child Care Division to provide services to children ages six weeks to eight years of age. This agency regulates the quality of care we provide through unscheduled visits and annually scheduled re-licensing visits. We are required to meet standards for qualified staffing, health, safety, physical setting, food service and nutrition in addition to standards for our program and the care of children.
SELC has achieved the Oregon Program of Quality designation. To achieve this designation, SELC had to meet research-based standards for program quality, including collaborative family partnerships, child development and learning, highly qualified personnel, health and safety practices, developmental environments, and effective administration and business practices.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is utilized to help our students enhance and improve their productive social behavior while reducing any problematic behavior. PBIS focuses on the behavior we want to see instead of the behavior we saw. PBIS helps the child build his or her social-emotional domains and develop social skills. PBIS utilizes several teaching strategies including pre-teaching skills and routines, positive statements and positive reinforcements to guide children through the decision making process.
The preschool and infant/toddler programs use the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCETTM) to observe and document each child’s developmental progress. Starting in the infant room, each child is observed using developmental guidelines which are divided into eight domains of learning. The documentation follows the child into the toddler room, then the preschool room and into kindergarten. Our teachers utilize POCETTM to inform instruction for individual, small group and whole group development.
Verbal and non-verbal communication is encouraged and supported through a variety of interactions throughout the day. We use Baby Signing Time® and Signing Time® to teach American Sign Language and encourage pre-verbal communication. The teachers use a variety of methods including videos, flashcards, books and daily interactions with the children. Sign language has been proven to help children communicate their needs to adults, reducing frustration between children and caregivers.
Early Intervention (EI) provides services to children from birth to school age that have developmental delays or disabilities. The goal of EI is to increase the number of child care options available to families of children with disabilities in the community. They provide early intervention services and support to children with disabilities in natural settings, alongside typically developing peers. EI recruits and trains child care providers to include children with disabilities in their child care settings.