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Contact Information
icon phone 11624 Lockwood Drive
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
icon phone Phone: 301-681-5373
  Fax:      301-593-1951
icon email Email: info@smart-edearlylearningcenter.com
We are open 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Infant and Toddler Program

More than just Day Care, Smart-Ed Early Learning Center provides individualized attention, loving, safe, healthy and welcoming environment where your baby can thrive and grow from a bundle of joy to a bundle of curiosity.

An Exceptional program for Your Baby to Thrive

Your baby will experience an environment that invites exploration and supports his/her exciting progression through babyhood. Each infant program is designed for babies to:

  • Make sense of the world by exploring a rich sensory environment of stimulating sights, sounds, textures, and sensations
  • Discover and develop all bodily powers in soft, safe surroundings – to roll over and pull up, to creep and crawl, and to step out into the world
  • Connect and form relationships that foster security and trust
  • Learn to communicate, surrounded by wonderful conversations, poetry, finger plays, singing, reading, and lots of smiles and hugs

Keeping You Part of Your Baby’s Day
Through daily communication you’ll know how excited and comforted your child was that day.

Daily Schedule for Infants
8:00am-9:00am Staff greets infants and parents. Those infants who have a bottle before arriving at the Center may be given food upon arrival at the request of the parent. One bottle of either breast milk or formula is brought in by parents prepared to be served.
9:00am Daily sheets are checked to see if an infant needs a diaper change at this time. Daily sheet logged by staff.
9:00am-10:00am Nap time for younger infants (upon parent’s request) or play time for those older infants. Infants will wake up from nap on their own time.
9:00am-10:00am For those infants not napping at this time (weather permitting) outside time will now take place. During extreme hot or cold weather, the infants will not go outside. If inside, activity could include ball play, rolling, blocks, puppet play, stacking blocks, peek-a-boo, bubbles, etc. Mats are placed on the floor during this time. Story time takes place 1 – 2 times daily. Older infants will also be involved in art projects from time to time.
10:00am-11:00am Outside play (weather permitting).
11:00am-12:00nn If outside, infants are brought in. Hands and faces are washed. Diaper changes take place. Lunch time. Daily sheet logged by staff. Younger infants are fed on demand as often as necessary.
12:00 noon Nap time for older infants. Younger infants sleep on demand. Daily sheet logged.
1:00pm-2:00pm Infants changed upon waking. Sheet logged.
2:00pm-3:00pm Snack time for older infants and bottle time for younger infants. Daily sheet logged.
3:00pm Play time inside or outside time (weather permitting)
4:00pm-4:30pm Diaper changes take place and bottle feedings when necessary. Daily sheet logged.
4:30pm-5:30pm Story time/ sensory activities Pick up time



Each child is an individual and information provided by the parents helps the staff to plan schedule for infants/toddlers they have typically followed at home before starting the centre which is reviewed with parents every three months for all the infants.


Daily Schedule for Toddlers
Toddler Daily Schedule (8am-6:00pm)
8:00am-9:00am Greet parents and children. Toddlers are split up into groups upon arrival. Free play is allowed with his/her peers and teachers.
9:15am Tidying up toys. Diaper changes and potty time. Daily sheet logged.
9:30am Snack time. Daily sheet logged.
10:00am-11:00am Outside play (weather permitting) or inside play time. Inside group play takes place with teacher supervision in different play areas e.g. housekeeping, dress-up/dramatic play, quiet/reading corner, puzzles, blocks, dancing, singing, or table time which includes play dough, coloring, sorting/story time. 2-3 stories are read daily.
10:00am Art activity 2-3 times weekly (in relation to the monthly theme, colors, shapes) including gluing, painting, coloring or using markers on a pre-cut shape will take place. Toddlers work in their groups.
10:30am Circle time (singing, dancing, fingerplays/ puppets).
11:00am If toddlers are outside, they are brought in. Hands and faces are washed. Diaper changes and potty time take place. Daily sheets are logged.
11:15am-11:30am Lunch time. Whole milk is served with lunch. Milk in the sippie cup.
12:00nn-2:00pm Nap/rest time.
2:30pm toddlers are changed as they wake up. Potty time as needed. Children are allowed to play outside (weather permitting) until all children wake up. Daily sheet is logged.
3:00pm Toddlers are assisted in washing hands and faces. Afternoon snack takes place. Daily sheet logged.
3:30pm-4:30pm Outside play (weather permitting) or teacher assisted activities inside as indicated above.
4:30pm-5:00pm Hands and faces washed. Diaper changes or potty time takes place. Daily sheet logged.
5:00pm-6:00pm Teacher assisted activities Pickup by their parents. Dismissal time.

Staff to Infant Ratio will be maintained (1 to 3)

Following staff assignments during various routine activities reflect ‘Comar regulations 13A.16.09’

1. Infant Feeding.

Staff will hold the infant for each bottle feeding except when the infant or toddler is developmentally able and insistent upon self-feeding. An infant or toddler will hold the bottle only if it is unbreakable and when he is seated. Staff will label all infant foods and bottles with the infant’s name, dated, and refrigerate it at suitable temperature.
Foods that present a high risk of choking for infants and toddlers will not be served to them, reusable bottles and nipples will be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before reuse by the staff.

2. Diaper changes will take place every 2 hours unless needed more frequently. Changing table will be cleaned and sanitized after every change by the staff.

Staff will ensure that during indoor play they have quality interaction and infants and toddlers are provided with suitable equipment and materials which encourage active exploration as Comar regulations suggest that the infant/toddler should be:

(a) Held, played with, and talked to;
(b) Except when sleeping, given opportunities to sit, crawl, toddle, or walk outside the infant’s crib or play pen.

Staff will take infants out and supervise them closely, keeping in view health and safety regulations. They will take infants and toddlers out daily because Comar regulations suggest that ‘Except in inclement weather, infants and toddlers should be taken outdoors daily;

Staff will choose activities from healthy beginnings and ensure activities, materials and equipments are available for infants and toddlers that support their cognitive, language and physical development.

Staff Assignment for supervision to meet ‘Comar Regulations’
Staff toddler ratio will be maintained (1 to 3)
Following staff assignments during various routine activities reflect ‘Comar regulations 13A.16.09’.
Activity plans meeting needs, interest and stage of development of each child will be implemented by the staff member.
Staff will use meal time as an opportunity for discussions on healthy food, naming food item and colours and shapes and counting, staff will use guidelines from healthy beginnings and also to choose learning goals , indicator and activities that meet individual needs of toddlers.
Following Comar regulations staff will plan activities for each toddler to meet their specific individual needs and monitor activities, keeping closer attention to health and safety of toddlers while they are using various materials and equipment.
Circle time: Staff will plan circle time activities from healthy beginnings

Staff follow Comar regulation during nap time

Comar regulations regarding outdoor play as mentioned in infant staff assignments will be followed by staff for toddlers.

Staff handover daily report sheet to the parents/families at pick up time.