Tips for Selecting Care for an Infant

A family should look for the following when selecting care for an infant:
  • Play areas are comfortable. Babies can lie or be held and read to. 
  • Space is arranged so children can enjoy moments of quiet play by themselves, have ample space to roll over and move freely, and can crawl toward interesting objects. 
  • Visual displays, such as mobiles are oriented toward the infant’s line of sights and effects are clearly visible when baby is lying on her back. 
  • Sturdy cardboard, cloth, and/or vinyl books are available to baby. Babies are read to. 
  • Toys provided are responsive to the actions: variety of grasping toys that require different types of manipulation; a varied selection of skill-development materials, including nesting and stacking materials, activity boxes, and containers to be filled and emptied; a variety of balls, bells, and rattles. 
  • Toys are scaled to a size that enables infants to grasp, chew and manipulate them (clutch balls, rattles, teethers, and soft washable dolls and play animals). 
  • Adults periodically move infants to a different spot (from the floor to an infant seat, from the seat to a stroller, etc.) to give babies different perspectives and reasonable variety in what they are able to look at and explore. 
  • As infants become mobile equipment is offered that promotes free movement and testing of large-muscle skills and coordination.
Infant Functions
  1. Reaching – activity box, crib gym, etc.
  2. Climbing – pillows, foam cushions, indoor slides, etc. 
  3. Pushing – popper, mower, market basket, stroller, boxes, etc. 
  4. Pulling – stringed pull toys, wagons, etc. 
  5. Grasping – clutch balls, beanbags, rattles, small blocks, etc. 
  6. Touching – textured items, feely books, water play, etc. 
  7. Turning – activity boxes, toys with turning knobs, etc. 
  8. Cause and effect – pop up flip box, jack-in-the-box 
  9. Target experience – shape sorter, stacking rings, giant pegs and peg boards 
  10. Reading exploration – cloth books, hard cardboard books, plastic books, etc 
  11. Looking – mobiles which are safely out of reach, hand held mirrors, pictures, action toys, bright colorful wall hangings within eye contact of infant, etc. 
  12. Talking – dolls, telephones, puppets, pictures, photographs, etc. 
  13. Listening – records and/or tapes with record/tape player, music boxes, rattles, squeak toys, etc.
* Information based on NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Developmentally Appropriate Practices and CCC Provider Assessment



Change the First Five Years...

Glow Bowling Birthday Party

Join the folks at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County for a Glow Bowling Birthday Party at Superplay in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, July 31, from 7-9 PM. Your $10 admission includes two games of bowling and bowling shoes, birthday cake & lemonade, all to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Early Learning Coalition, in support of early childhood education, in St. Lucie County.

No bowling pledge sheets needed here as this is a P-A-R-T-Y not a bowl-a-thon, but you can bring the whole family out for glowingly great time.

We want you to party like it's 1999, which is when the ELC was established to promote early childhood education and administer the free Voluntary Pre-K program in Florida.

We've moved to our new permanent office!

We've moved our office to a NEW, PERMANENT, MORE CONVENIENT location! Our new office is on the Third Floor of the Treasure Health Building, 5000 Dunn Road, in Fort Pierce (on the corner of Midway Road and Dunn) with regular office hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

Our phone numbers and extensions have all remained the same.  Reach us at 772-595-6424.


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