ALC staff combines The Creative Curriculum approach and the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards. The Creative Curriculum philosophy offers the opportunity for children to learn through hands-on experiences and activities—emphasizing learning through play.
ALC teachers and staff are always available to speak with parents about their child’s growth and development. ALC strives to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for every child’s needs.
In our Infants 1 & 2 classrooms, we focus on the needs of the individual children to help them develop and grow. We feel communication between parents and caregivers is key. Our teachers and staff are always available to discuss ways to make ALC the best environment for your child.
Infants 1 revolves around taking the best care we can of babies (12 weeks through approximately 1 year old.) Our teachers work with parents to understand a baby’s individual schedule and needs throughout the day. ALC also provides opportunities for babies to explore their surroundings through gross motor play, to develop fine motor skills and learn through play.
Infants 2 is where our toddlers really start to explore the world on their own terms! The children in this room are approximately 12 to 18 months old. Our teachers encourage toddler development in a safe and healthy environment, with plenty of cuddles in between all the activity of their day. Toys and activities are accessible to the children throughout the day for learning through playtime.
Ms. Squezia (Infants 1)
Ms. Squezia has been with ALC for more than 15 years and in child care for 30 years. In her spare time, Ms. Squezia enjoys making tutus and wreaths, as well as spending time with her family and attending church. Ms. Squezia particularly enjoys working with infants, because she gets to experience the uniqueness of each child, the special laughter of this age group and the satisfaction that comes from ensuring they have all the love and support she can provide.
Ms. Annie (co-lead – Infants 2)
Ms. Annie has been with ALC for 16 years and worked in child care for 40 years. In her spare time, Ms. Annie enjoys listening to music and putting together puzzles. Ms. Annie loves working with the kids in Infants 2, because she gets to see their growth over time and she gets to provide lots of love.
Ms. Anne (co-lead – Infants 2)
Ms. Anne has been at ALC for 10 years and worked in child care for over 15 years. In her spare time, Anne loves walking her dog, and spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Anne loves the challenges of this toddler age group. She loves to help them grow!
ALC Tots—from 18 months to 2 years old—are test their limits and actively explore centers through creative play. Teachers encourage language development through continuous conversation, singing and lots of reading books. Tots learn self-help skills and positive social interactions. Our Tots are really coming into their own, and our teachers encourage it!
Early Preschool (EPS)
EPS teachers focus on routine, expanding self-help skills (potty training), and allowing children to express their independence through choices. EPS children—2 to 3 years old—enjoy more complex puzzles, learning basic math skills and expanding their social skills. By the time ALC kids graduate from EPS, they are ready to engage at the next level of learning.
Ms. Tiquana (Tots)
Ms. Tiquana, called Ms. T by the kids, has been with ALC for 11 years and has worked in child care for about 25 years. In her spare time, Ms. T loves spending time with her family. Ms. T enjoys teaching, because children’s minds are like sponges—they are excited about all the new things introduced to them in the classroom.
Ms. Connie (EPS)
Ms. Connie has been with ALC for 13 years and has worked in child care for 30 years. In her spare time, Ms. Connie enjoys reading, needlepoint and singing in the choir at her church. Ms. Connie also loves her parakeets, which she raised from babies. Ms. Connie considers it her calling to see the little ones grow into big people!
Ms. Tershana (EPS)
Ms. Tershana has been with ALC for more than 12 years and has worked in child care for about 20 years. In her spare time, Ms. Tershana loves spending time with her family (including her dog), shopping and cleaning her house. Ms .Tershana really enjoys the kids in EPS—watching them grow, begining to use words to really express themselves and having fun with each other.
Preschool 1 (PS1)
PS1 still learns through play, but begins adding a bit more structure to the children’s day—through engaging math literacy activities, science experiments and problem solving skills. PS1 is for children 3 to 4 years old, who are starting to really utilize social and self-help skills, while engaging with their peers and teachers. Throughout the day, PS1 teachers encourage the children to have conversations and express their thoughts and feelings.
Preschool 2 (PS2)
PS2 really prepares children for ALC’s state-funded Pre-K Program. The schedule and structure of the day are emphasized, as well as language development, science, math and social activities. PS2 students spend time engaged in imaginative and interactive play with their peers.
Ms. Sandra (PS1)
Ms. Sandra has been with ALC for more than 6 years and has worked in child care for 23 years. In her spare time, Ms. Sandra loves spending time with her wonderful husband, attending church and staying in touch with her daughter and grandchildren. Ms. Sandra really enjoys working with the kids in her class, because she gets to be a part of their growth—mentally, physically and academically.
Ms. Alicia (PS2)
Ms. Alicia has been with ALC for 10 years and has worked in child care for over 20 years. In her spare time, Ms. Alicia loves spending time with her family, swimming and traveling—especially on cruises. Ms. Alicia has always loved working with children—first her own, then volunteering at schools and now at ALC.
ALC has two state-funded Pre-K classrooms focusing on language and literacy, including phonemic awareness, science, math and early writing skills. The Pre-K program is 6.5 hours of learning—from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extra instruction for our Pre-K children include science, sports skills and Spanish. Before and aftercare is available through our Extended Day Program—starting at 7 a.m., with final pick-up at 6 p.m.
Please contact the front office for more information about cost and availability. ALC is proud to have been visited annually by state officials and leaders in Early Childhood Education.
Ms. Barbara (GA Pre-K 1) Ms. Barbara has been with ALC for 2 years and has been a teacher for 15 years. In her spare time, Ms. Barbara likes to spend time with her family, trying out new recipes and crocheting. Ms. Barbara loves working with the Pre-K kids, because they are so eager to learn—she enjoys knowing she helped a child learn to love going to school each day.
Ms. Angela (GA Pre-K 2)New to ALC this year, Ms. Angela Atta is from Alabama. She has one child. Her favorite color is yellow, favorite childhood book is Green Eggs and Ham and favorite movie is A Walk to Remember. Hobbies are reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Our daily goal in Summer Camp is FUN! Campers participate in karate, sports skills, language and literacy activities, math, art and team games. We enjoy in-house field trips, including music, creative movement, nature and story-telling. Campers can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. and picked up as late as at 6 p.m. Meals and a snack are included.
Mr. George has been with ALC for 10 years and has worked with children for more than 20 years. He is an educator in the DeKalb County public school system, and is currently working toward a master’s degree. In his spare time, Mr. George enjoys participating in 5Ks and bicycling with his daughter. Mr. George loves working with kids to achieve their goals!