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The philosophy of Brentwood Children’s Academy is to provide developmentally-appropriate programs for young children that are built upon the whole-child concept.    By this we mean that our programs address ALL the areas of development – Social, Emotional, Physical and Intellectual (Cognitive). We don’t think of children as a series of isolated physical, mental, and emotional attributes, but as a thinking, feeling, moving, loving, individual person with individual needs, cares, and desires.  This involves us respecting each child as an individual and stimulates the child’s natural curiosity in, and enjoyment of, learning.  Our curriculum is purposefully constructed by using age-appropriate lessons to provide your child with a variety of academic experiences that are structured to promote problem-solving abilities, persistence and a passion for lifelong learning.  Our teachers will modify educational experiences based on children’s interests and strengths while recognizing each child as an individual.

The Whole-Child Concept:

Social – our program provides children with experiences designed to support developing relationships with peers and teachers while promoting independence, confidence and the desire to discover.  Our teachers pomote healthy relationships by modeling respectful relationships, discussing and reading books about friendship, providing opportunities for children to work together and teaching problem-solving skills such as conflict resolution.

 

Emotional – Our program lays the foundation for children to learn how to understand their own feelings through positive social interactions with their teachers and peers.  Teachers help build a strong emotional foundation by acknowledging their children’s feelings.  They respond promptly and consistently to the children’s needs, model cooperative behaviors, talk to children at their eye level and create spaces in the classroom where children can work and play together.

Physical – Children are constantly developing the fine and gross motor skills by exploring their environment.  Our programs provide activities and games designed to help support muscle development, coordination and manipulative skills.

Intellectual – Although our program and curriculum does maintain academic goals for children we understand that children learn at their own pace and in their own way.  Our goal is to foster each child’s learning style and prepare them for a lifetime of love for learning.

 We are a proud Texas Rising Star Certified Provider (TRS).

This certification means that we offer quality care that exceeds the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards for director and staff qualifications, caregiver-child interactions, age-appropriate curricula and activities, nutrition and indoor/outdoor activities, and parent involvement and education, are in a better position to contribute to the early development of children.

The Texas Rising Star program organizes measures into five categories. Learn more about each of these categories below. For more in-depth information, please review the TRS Provider Certification Guidelines.

  • Category 1: Director and Staff Qualifications and Training
  • Category 2: Caregiver-Child Interactions
  • Category 3: Curriculum
  • Category 4: Nutrition and Indoor/Outdoor Activities
  • Category 5: Parent Education and Involvement

By participating in this program we are subject to unannounced annual monitoring.  Please visit: https://texasrisingstar.org for more details on the awesome program.

We are also a proud participant in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Team Nutrition.

Centers who participate in the CACFP program play a critical role in supporting the wellness, health, and development of children, through the provision of nutritious foods. In particular, child care providers have a powerful opportunity to instill healthy habits in young children that serve as a foundation for healthy choices in life.  Under these standards, our meals and snacks served include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat.  This program provides us with support and new ideas for recipes, menu planning, food preparation, and nutrition education. Team Nutrition provides us with resources that helps us to provide high quality meals to improve health and nutrition, promote a healthy lifestyle, and reduce obesity.

We also participate in the “LET’S MOVE!”

An initiative started by Former First Lady Michelle Obama.    https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/                                                                                                      

Let’s Move! Child Care is a voluntary initiative to empower child care and early education providers. Helping children get off to a healthy start in child care and early education programs is critical to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. One in five children is overweight or obese by age 6. With about 12 million babies and young children in child care nationwide, child care providers have the powerful opportunity to instill healthy choices that could help prevent childhood obesity from the start. By participating in this initiative  we meet the below 5 required 5 goals:

Increase Physical Activity
Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day, including outside play when possible.

Reduce Screen Time
No screen time for children under 2 years. For children age 2 and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during child care and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

Improve Food Choices
Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals family-style whenever possible, and don’t serve fried foods.

Provide Healthy Beverages
Provide access to water during meals and throughout the day, and don’t serve sugar-sweetened drinks. For children age 2 and older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4- to 6-ounce serving of 100% juice per day.

Support Breast Feeding
For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed during the child care day. Support all new parents’ decisions about infant feeding.

We use Frogstreet curriculum for the development of our early childhood minds.  Children are joyful creatures. Frogstreet curriculum and resources are designed to tap into a child’s nature and create a joyful experience from the first moments of the day until it is time to say goodbyes. This program is filled with songs, music, hands-on materials and activities, chants, games, make-believe, designed to stimulate a child’s imagination, helping make each day a wonderful one!  All of the curriculum and programs are aimed at one thing: igniting the minds of young children by fostering their academic, social and emotional growth through purposeful lessons and materials that intentionally produce a positive outcome. This comprehensive, research-based program integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines.

Our Christian Based Curriculum

We also use a biblical & values based approach to early childhood education through the practice of the ABeka Curriculum.  This is a non-denominational program with comprehensive, quality materials written from a Christian perspective with basic Christian teachings.   The program is supported by beautifully illustrated & engaging workbooks, music, finger plays & poems.  Along with age appropriate academics, there is this wonderful, spiritual side that allows us to plant a seed of who God is & who God wants us to be.  It is our hope that families will continue water this seed and cultivate it, creating a lifetime relationship with God.  Our children also begin their day with The Pledge of Allegiance & say Grace before meals. Now more than ever, each child needs a

Our Health & Nutrition program: 


In 2017 we were awarded the bronze level certification for the “Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program Recognition Award”.  This award was for outstanding achievement in creating healthy child care environments and the 3E’s of Healthy Living – Education, Exercise and Eating Right.  We believe that a healthy lifestyle begins with the 3E’s – Education, Exercise and Eating right.  Children learn 1.) The health benefits of regular physical activity 2.) Eating healthy foods makes our body healthy 3.) The body’s 5 senses 4.) Major body parts and their functions and 5.) All about germs.  We include curriculum from EatPlayGrow which is a new health educational curriculum created by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM).   We also use Choose My Plate written by the Institute for Child Nutrition and Grow It Try It Like written by the USDA & Team Nutrition.

We value and implement “FAMILY STYLE DINING”.  Family style dining in a child care setting enriches curriculum as no other activity can.  Pouring, passing, serving, and sharing food not only promote language and fine motor development, but also enhance a child’s self-concept by providing opportunities to make decisions and to take responsibility.  Positive social interaction with peers and adults develops naturally around mealtime when children are encouraged to fully participate in the process.  There’s nothing more exciting for children than to be able to say “I did it all by myself”.

Character Building Education: 

It’s never too early for kids to learn the values that will help them to develop into good citizens, which is why character education is part of our program at Brentwood Children’s Academy.  Our character building program makes moments of interaction into moments of learning.  From classroom to playground we take advantage of every opportunity for children to learn values such as:  Respect, Friendship, Caring, Forgiveness and Generosity.

…nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue.
— Benjamin Franklin

Our Café BCA 

We understand the importance of eating healthy and that many families are crunched for time at dinner.  This is why our menus reflect a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables several times a week, whole grains on a daily basis, limited refined sugar snacks and cereals, reduced fat milk, and home cooked, homestyle meals.  In fact, our center limits processed foods to a maximum of twice a week often only serving them once!  We operate off of a 6 week rotating menu and do not repeat the lunch meal during this rotation.  We offer a variety of ethnic meals, allowing children to experience different food types, textures and taste.  We often do taste testing’s on seasonal foods to engage children in the “farm to table” experience.

Our Spanish program

This program focuses on building foundational vocabulary. Each week’s curriculum features a targeted learning topic such as colors, numbers, clothing, food, animals, or body parts. Every weekly song, game, activity or art project is designed to reinforce key learning topics.  We will make learning a Fiesta by simply sprinkling Spanish words into everyday conversation.  We understand that your child will not become fluent in our program, but anything that piques curiosity is beneficial. Your child will pick up some words and become familiar with the unique sounds of the Spanish language.

Celebrating Holidays & Theme Days:

At Brentwood Children’s Academy we believe in Celebrating!  We celebrate with a Valentines Day Pageant, Mardi Gras Parade, Rodeo pictures, dress up and pony rides, Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny, A Fourth of July Parade, Veterans Celebration, Donuts with Dad for Fathers Day, Muffins with Mom for Mother’s Day , Halloween trick or treat parade, Thanksgiving  and Christmas shows.

A Letter From The Owner

I first became interested in child care in 1998 when, oddly enough, I was trying to find a quality preschool program for my first son, Shane. Unfortunately, our household was a two income household and as much as I wanted to stay home with him, reality was that I had to work.

Like most parents, I knew exactly what I wanted for my child and I wouldn’t and couldn’t stop until I found it. I was looking for an environment that would provide an engaging curriculum, gentle guidance that would foster his self-esteem, individualized attention, and a staff that obviously enjoyed where they worked and what they did.

The search was on. I can’t recall how many centers I visited that day. But I can recall the sense of disappointment and emptiness I felt when I left each and every one of them. The staff was unexcited, not to mention unfriendly, and the curriculum and/or daily lesson plans were written by someone (a teacher, caretaker or assistant teacher) who had very little, if any, education or experience in early childhood development.   Not one of these places were suitable for me, much less my adorable, shy child.  The sense of concern and doubt made me keep my home care provider a little longer.

Six months later, another pregnancy and an even greater desire to be with my children forced the issue again. With the encouragement of a college friend who owned a preschool in League City, I looked into running my own preschool. I had the experience and education necessary to run a business and I knew what “this” mother wanted for her child. Surely there were others like me out there.

In November, 1998 my husband and I entered the child care business and enjoy each and every day. Now, no matter how busy or how stressful a day can be, all I have to do is walk 15 feet into a classroom full of children with nothing but hugs, smiles and kisses to give. Nothing can be better than this!

By 2005 we had 3 children (all boys!) and we owned 3 centers.  We were loving the families we serviced and the community involvement we were experiencing.  However, over the years I was unable to maintain the relationships with the families, children and staff that I loved so much.  My time was being consumed by new regulations, and I was becoming engrossed with paperwork.   In 2018 my husband and I decided that with our children grown, it was time to downsize and slow down and get back to the basics.  We sold 2 of our 3 centers.   I am looking forward to refocusing my time and efforts on one location and once again making an impact on the families and community we serve and the staff I love.

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