Infant Classroom

Welcome to the Infact Room, where the first imprint on your child's life is created!

Who is in the Infant Room?

Miss Ilene

I have been working at The Children's Garden for 10 years. I began here as a volunteer during high school. In addition to working here at the center, I have been babysitting children of all ages since I was 11 years old. I absolutely love children and take my responsibility as their caregiver very seriously. In May of 2009, I received my Associates in Early Childhood Education from HACC. In my spare time I like to go camping, scrapbook, read and spend time with my friends and family. I am very excited to be spending my days caring for your child and getting to know you better. I know we will have a great year together wathcing your precious one grow and develop into a toddler!

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Miss Lauren

I have worked at The Children's Garden for 4 years. I graduated from Mechanicsburg and starting this fall I will be working toward receiving my CDA (Child Development Associate). I have worked in Young Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K and School Age classrooms. In January I made the change to the Infant Room and I love it. I am really excited to continue my work here this year!

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 6:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Miss Bobbi

I have been in the Infant Room since I started 4 years ago. I am a retired teacher of 32 years. I have two grandchildren that are 8 and 9 who attended the center when they were younger. I am glad to have the chance to continue working as an infant teacher.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

What your infant will need

1. Your child will need 2 fitted crib sheets. We will use one on their crib and the other will be kept as a backup in case something would happen to the first one. You may also bring in a blanket and a comfort item for your child to be used while in their crib. All sheets and blankets will be sent home at the end of each week to be washed.

2. If your child is non mobile we also ask that you bring in a small blanke such as a receiving blanket. We will use this blanket when your child is laying on the floor.

3. Please bring in at least 2 sets of seasonally appropriate clothing for your child. You may bring more if your child tends to use several outfits a day. Please place the clothing in a labeled Zip-loc bag.

4. On your child's first day at the center, please bring 1 pack of diapers and 1 pack of wipes. Also, if your child needs any type of ointment please bring that on their first day. You will be notified when your child's supply is getting low.

5. We ask that you bring in clean bibs for your child daily. If you bring in the plastic type food bibs they can stay the entire week and we will wipe them clean. At the end of the week they will be sent home.

6. Please be sure that every thing is labeled. We have found a few ways to label items which stay longer than Sharpie. One website makes labels that are water proof and dishwasher safe. That website is Another great site is This company makes stretchy rubber labels that go around bottles and sippy cups.

Please remember to bring in your child's "Getting to Know Me" sheet. These sheets are important, because if a substitute is in the room for the day they can refer to the sheet for your child's individual schedules. You can download a copy of the "Getting to Know Me" sheet on our Forms page.

Parent Information

1. Please be sure to sign your child in and out everyday.

2. Please place any bottles that need to be refrigerated in the fridge at the start of each day. Please be sure they are clearly labeled with your child's name.

3. All medication must be signed in at the office everyday that your child will need to receive it. The medication has to be in the original container with the Dr.'s script. If your child needs medication please make sure a teacher knows.

4. We would like you to know that our Infant Room and center has an open door policy — which means you are welcome to visit your child at ANY time during the course of the day. Also feel free to call to check on your child if you want!

5. We have created an email account just for infant parents. We LOVE to capture your child through out the day doing things they enjoy. We will send pictures that we take through this email to you. If you wish to have pictures sent please fill in the section on the "Getting to Know Me" sheet.

No Shoe Policy

There is a no shoe policy in the Infant Room. There will be a designated area where you may walk with shoes. If you wish to go into the "No Shoe" area you must remove your shoes or put on booties. We feel this precaution will cut down on the amount of dirt tracked in to the room.

What we do in the Infant Room

  • Group Floor Exploration — Reading books and singing songs
  • Tummy Exercises (0-6 months)
  • Table Time (6-12 months) — Food exploration
  • Outside Exploration — Feeling the grass, laying on blankets and story time

Infant Room Themes

  • Fall (September - November) — Apples, Leaves, Pumpkins and Halloween
  • Winter (December - February) — Christmas, Snowmen, Snow, Snowflakes, Valentine's Day, Love and Hearts
  • Spring (March - May) — Flowers, Easter and Rain

We will be doing fun activities to go along with all of the themes throughout the season.


  • Fall - Playing in applesauce
  • Winter - Playing in a bowl of snow
  • Spring - Playing in chocolate pudding to represent dirt

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