The Early Learning Program at Matilda Theiss
The Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center provides a yearlong early childhood education program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Our nationally accredited early childhood education program is designed to promote optimal intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development and is identified as a "Star 4" center by the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS Quality Initiative.
The Early Education Program at Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center provides quality education to young children in an environment that is positive and accepting of each child's special interests, talents, and challenges.
We believe that future school success is best accomplished through a high quality early learning program that encourages young children’s active exploration and interaction with their environment, adults, and peers.
We also believe that a foundation for the enduring emotional health of young children is best accomplished by:
- Providing supportive and nurturing care.
- Fostering healthy attachments and emotional bonds with parents and caregivers in order to enhance a child’s capacity for trust, empathy, and compassion.
What Distinguishes Our Program?
What is special about Matilda H. Theiss Child Development Center is that we offer a quality early education to young children who may have difficulty succeeding in other early childhood education programs.
- An early education program that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and sanctioned by the state of Pennsylvania as a "Star 4" site.
- An early childhood education curriculum that aligns with Pennsylvania’s early learning standards.
- Participation and collaboration with Pittsburgh Public Schools through the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.
- Classroom activities designed to facilitate the development of the whole child, including cognitive, fine and gross motor, language, social-emotional, and self-help skills.
- A parent education program designed to help facilitate the developmental and emotional health of a child.
- Consultation with specialists in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, pediatrics, early childhood and special education, counseling, and social work.
- A nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch, and snack provided daily.
- A referral system linking families to community services that benefit parents and children.