The most precious stage of your child’s life could be the infant stage.  They are young, fragile and need full time attention.  We offer that full time, detailed attention and care for your child that can’t be provided anywhere else.  With our trained staff, our infants learn basic skills and American Sign Language signs to match.  They also learn through our infant curriculum.

Your child’s early experience in child care will shape who they become as a young child.  With the love and attention we’ve given out over the last 11 years at Crawmer’s, we’ve seen our students accomplish amazing things!

Like the preschoolers, the infants are encouraged to reach their next milestone.  Through visual and auditory stimuli for infants as well as one on one time, infants are continually challenged to play, learn, and grow.  With parent conferences, you have the opportunity to meet with the teacher who daily engages your baby, to ask questions and see where they are developmentally.  Take a look at what we offer each day…

Small Groups :  With three full time teachers, there is always a set of arms available for an infant.  There is never a lack of loving arms to hold every baby.

Cloth Diaper Friendly:  Allowing families to continue in their eco-friendly practices at school; we’re excited to be one of the first schools in Oregon to offer this.  Being eco-friendly and sanitary, Crawmer’s assists families in the use of cloth diapers.  Even with allowing cloth, no stinky diaper smell at our school.

Infant Certified Staff:  Crawmer’s Critterz requires all staff to have 50 hours in training specific to infants and toddlers.  All staff is also Infant/Toddler CPR & 1st Aid Certified.

Breast Feeding Welcomed:  a wide variety of options for both nursing and bottle feeding families.  Mothers are welcome to come in and breast feed, or bring in the breast milk to be bottle fed to their children.  Formula feed infants are also welcome.

Hand Milled Infant Foods:  ground fresh at their meal time.  Foods such as broccoli, carrots, peas, pineapple, apple, pear, watermelon and much more are ground appropriately for the infant’s age and digestion readiness.  Canned, bleached or jarred foods are not used.  Parents are asked to try foods at home first and then we will add them to your student’s diet at school.

Infant Massage:  physical touch to promote growth, relaxation and circulation.  With staff trained in infant massage, infants who are experiencing stress can be soothed through physical touch.

Gross Motor Development: working the muscles and brain together to encourage growth.  From tummy time to staff working one on one with your child, reaching mile stones and encouraging both upper body and lower body strength is the job of your child’s teacher.

Infant Feeding Routines :  teaching parents and infants the value of meal patterns, allowing infants to eat and sleep as needed.  Teaching wellness and health through daily meals and sleep patterns, as appropriate to their age, infants are encouraged to grow.  This growth is stimulated through vocalization, problem solving and feeling confident with their peers while building self esteem in a fun, infant friendly environment.  Crawmer’s believes infants do not have to scream to be fed.  There are other more effective ways for our infants to communicate with us other than screaming.  Parents are encouraged to play an active role while infants are at Crawmer’s.

Exclusive Transition Area:  exclusively used for children ages 6 weeks to 12 months.  The green growth room, is a shoe free zone, where older children are not allowed inside.  The babies use this room to nap in, have free play without the influence of older peers and to transition to and from nap.  However, infants are not restricted to this room.  They experience all of the centers Crawmer’s has to offer and our dual large, stimulating outdoor environment.

Literacy Programming:  through speech, book reading, object vocalization and voicing infants are taught the value of language skills.  They are rewarded with positive words and excitement as they make progress in language.

American Sign Language:  taught to children from 6 months and up.  ASL is a wonderful way for infants to communicate to the adults around them.  Language skills begin to develop between 12-18 months but their brain becomes frustrated when they want to communicate and can’t.  ASL is the perfect outlet, letting the infant tell us their needs or wants and being able to have those fulfilled brings great self confidence and satisfaction.

Toddler School Program: toddlers as early as 12 months begin exploring their curiosity through art.  These early toddlers are encouraged to check out the materials, try them out and learn how to use them.  Crafts are complete at the toddler’s own speed when they have the desire to; allowing these beginning students to explore and learn when they are ready.