About the Alternatives for Parenting Teens Infant Center
The Alternatives for Parenting Teens (APT) Infant Center is a licensed childcare facility that offers the children of APT students an interactive, educational environment to help stimulate growth and development. In addition to licenses from Arlington County and the state of Virginia, the APT Infant Center has received grant funding from the Child and Adult Care Food Program | USDA-FNS https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. The Center also operates through childcare subsidies from the Arlington County and Commonwealth of Virginia Departments of Health & Human Service with the support of Arlington Public Schools.
Our Hours of Operation & Calendar
The APT Infant Center operates from 7:30 am – 3:45 pm, Monday – Friday and follows the Arlington County Public Schools calendar. Services are provided for parenting teens taking Summer School courses as well. More information about the APS calendar can be found on the APS website.
Teen Parent Enrollment Procedure
Children are enrolled in the APT Infant Center through an application process with the Arlington County Department of Human Services. To get started, parenting teens can contact the Outreach Office Coordinator (Ingrid Basurto) 703-228-5819.
The Benefits for Parents
The parents are involved in their child’s learning, which acknowledge that their infant/toddler is participating in a curriculum base program. The Funshine Curriculum is aligned with the highest quality standards in Early Childhood Education. Newsletters, calendars, book lists, blog articles and much more, keep the parents informed. Children with parents involvement tend to do better in school and show stronger social skills.
About Our Classrooms
The APT Infant Center enrolls children ages zero months through four years old and are served through separate classrooms which cater to the different needs of the children according to their ages. The APT Infant Center provides instruction for students based on age. The classrooms are as follows:
|The Sesame Street Room
|ages 0 months to 11 months
|The Mickey Mouse Room
|ages 12 – 23 months
|The Umizoomi Room
|ages 2 years old
|The Lil’ Einstein Room
|ages 3 – 4 years old
About Our Curriculum
The infants and toddlers enjoy early learning activities during the day through the FunShine Express Curriculum. It is a professionally designed Early Learning program for young children. Lesson plans encompass all areas of a child’s development: Language, Cognitive, Physical, and Social.Children learn best through interacting with their environment, and FunShine Curriculum activities are designed with that in mind. They will help us prepare your children for a bright future and have fun along the way!
Support for Parenting Teens
The APT Infant Center works closely with the Outreach Office to help support parenting teens with children in the program. Additionally, the APT Infant Center provides parenting sessions during the school year and encourages parents to participate in events and celebrations held throughout the year.
The APT Infant Center proudly partner with:
- The Early Childhood Education program at the Arlington (ACC) Center
- The Arlington Public Library: Columbia Pike Branch
- The Kiwanis Club of Arlington
- The Program for Employment Preparedness (PEP)
- Borromeo Housings
- Women Infant Children (WIC)
- Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)