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About HCA

Philosophy

HCA believes in nurturing your children into well-rounded individuals. We encourage them to experience life and appreciate its many rewards. We work to build a strong foundation in their young minds by offering tools and guidance that will help them throughout their lives.

Mission:  Supporting Todays Parents

With having busy and stressful work schedules, most parents don’t have enough time to spend with their young children during the work week. We are here to provide love and support so that your child is fulfilled in every way. Our doors are open 7:00am to 7:00pm. We offer home made foods for babies 6 months onwards. Most of our children stay for dinner so that the parents are able to pickup and enjoy time with their children rather than having to rush home to cook.  Our current clients appreciate our food philosophy and time gained to have fun with their child.  References available upon request.

Many of today’s children suffer from allergies that need to be closely monitored. Our staff is trained to work with children that suffer from various food allergies.  We also have some clients that require medical or special attention, which requires additional staff training by the parent as to what they do at home.  We require our staff to be CPR and first aid certified so we provide classes in-house. It is a requirement by the state of NJ to administer medication as well as using the EPI Pen.  References available upon request.

We pride ourselves on our 24/7 customer service.  We are here to answer questions as received.  Emails are monitored by the management team.

Education

We strive to prepare children for their school years ahead. We familiarize them with skills that are appropriate to their age and ability. Activities are designed to promote growth in the areas of social/emotional development, gross and fine motor skills, and language.  Teachers are trained to continually use language and encourage the children to use language throughout the day by engaging them in dialogue, and reading and singing with them.

The Pinnacle Curriculum has been carefully selected because it supports HCA’s educational philosophy by enabling children to progress at their own pace.  Each month a new theme is introduced. Age appropriate, theme-based activities combine with educational objectives to connect learning to real-life.

Lesson plans are written by the lead teachers each week and are shared with parents. Teachers are encouraged to use observation and assessment to drive instruction and tailor activities to meet the individual needs of the child. Teachers are also encouraged to “jump start” the child’s mind by providing fun and engaging activities but then step-back and allow the child to explore, problem solve, and discover on their own.

Most importantly, HCA teaches children how to respect themselves and others. Friendship, teamwork, and appropriate conflict resolution techniques are on-going themes directed towards developing the ability to share and function together as a group in a classroom with positive social interactions.

Nutrition

New only at HCA:  Our kitchen has recently started to make organic fruit and vegetable purees for infants 6 to 12 months of age, served along with Earths Best Organic Oatmeal.  Examples of the purees: Avocado, Apples, Pears, Banana, Squash, Sweet Potato, Carrots and whatever is in season.  You are welcome to add protein if you desire.

Once the child turns 1 and is cleared by the doctor to eat bite sized foods, we encourage healthy exploration of the meals prepared by our in-house chef.  Please see our “sample menu” which is quite extensive.  The meals consist of healthy, organic, non-GMO foods. Basmati rice, various beans and lentils, whole wheat pasta, couscous, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and lean meats are prepared fresh on site.  We are comfortable with working in conjunction with parents of children with dietary restrictions and encourage supplemental foods if necessary.

Breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner are offered daily!!!!!

Over the past several years since we opened our doors, the menu has been in the works- we let the children determine what it would consist of by keeping track of what they like and dislike. We are confident that the recipes we use and the foods we have chosen are perfect for our little eaters!

Sample Menu

A Sanitary Place to Learn and Grow

HCA insists on clean and sanitized bathrooms, toys, work stations, play areas, kitchen, and dining facilities. Your child’s well-being starts with our commitment to a clean environment. Not only do we practice cleanliness, we teach it to your children via healthy habits such as hand washing and proper mouth covering when coughing or sneezing. We adhere to strict sick policies for both the children and our staff in an attempt to minimize the spread of germs as much as possible.  During the day our teachers are dedicated to keeping their classrooms clean and disinfected with organic cleaning products. Each night, a cleaning service does deep cleaning and mopping to ensure the space is ready for the next day.

Safety and Security

Security is paramount to the safety of every child that enters HCA. Parents only can gain access to the lobby by unlocking the main entrance with a private code. A personalized computer check-in system within the lobby confirms visitor identity. Management and staff are trained on our strict security measures. Once access is granted, parents are required to sign children in or out of the classroom through a teacher.

In addition, the HCA facility has live streaming video of each room. Parents with personalized usernames and passwords can securely monitor their children from any computer with an internet connection. Although sharing of IDs is strictly prohibited for children’s safety, we can track locations where IDs are used and note discrepancies if they occur.

The state-of-the-art software at HCA is designed to make all of these critical functions as seamless as possible. Our commitment is to protect your child as if he or she were our own.