40 Vista View Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Infant and Toddler Programs
Mini University's infant and toddler teaching staff use the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos,
developed by Teaching Strategies. They also incorporate the educational quality standards from
NAEYC's Accreditation Criteria,
Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards,
for Infant Educarers (RIE) philosophy. The RIE philosophy is based on the
research of Magda Gerber and Dr. Emmi Pikler.
The RIE (pronounced "rye") philosophy is based on RESPECT for each child. The educarer respects an infant by talking directly to the child, explaining what he/she is about to do, making eye contact, and by waiting for the child's response. RIE's goal is to help nurture AUTHENTIC infants who are: Competent, Confident, Curious, Attentive, Exploring, Cooperative, Secure, Peaceful, Focused, Self-Initiating, Resourceful, Involved, Cheerful, Aware, Interested and Inner-Directed.
Mini University's preschool teachers use the
Creative Curriculum for Preschool
, a written research-based curriculum created by Teaching Strategies.
This curriculum has been aligned to
Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards.
Ohio Department of Education Core Themes
- All children are born ready to learn
- Environments matter
- Relationships are influential
- Communication is critical