Santa Fe Centers is dedicated to providing sensory activities that current early childhood education research shows is essential to building the neural connections necessary for optimal growth.
Whether through manipulating novel materials and textures; enjoying the scents of foods; moving to music; conversing and problem solving with teachers and friends; or observing colors and patterns; to taking walks in strollers; using push toys or riding scooters; climbing and running; or sledding down a hill children at Santa Fe have the opportunity to explore and grow actively using their whole body and all of their senses. We will continue to advocate for children both at Santa Fe and the community.
Infant Toddler Center (3 mos. – 2 1/2 yrs.)
Cuddly Cubs:Young and Mobile Infants Munchkins: Toddlers
Caterpillars: 2.5 years – 3.5 years Butterflies: 3.5 years – 4 years Pre-K: 4 years – 5 years Kindergarten: 5 + years (as available)
Jane Coleman Cabildo, our director and co-owner, comes to us with many years’ experience as a Pediatric nurse beginning at NYU Medical Center in Manhattan. She has worked at local area hospitals, Overlook, St. Barnabas and Morristown Memorial as a staff nurse, head nurse and coordinator of various departments. Several of her years at both St. Barnabas and Children’s Specialized Hospital were spent in the nursing education departments helping with education of new and seasoned nurses as well as developing and operationalizing standards in the care of the newborn through adolescence. At Children’s Specialized she was instrumental in starting a parent support group to help families deal with the care of their children. Many of these families were dealing with chronic illness, severe trauma, developmental delays which added to the stress already present in their lives. Her education in nursing was completed at Rutgers with a BS in Nursing and an MS in Maternal Child Nursing. It is great to have a Pediatric nurse at Santa Fe ensuring that the children’s environment and education are optimal.
Our Educational Program Coordinator
Cindy Schlichting holds a BA in Human Development and Family Studies/Early Childhood Education from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her teaching experience prior to joining Santa Fe includes a 2-5 year-old multiage class, 3 & 4 year-old preschool, and Pre-K & K classes in Ohio; and 4 year old preschool classes in Arizona. While living in Tokyo, Japan, she was an invited speaker at a mother’s English Language Learners (ELL) class at the Komaba campus of the University of Tokyo (Komaba -Todai) and also presented a workshop in English children’s songs, finger plays and literature for Japanese early childhood ELL teachers.
Since joining the staff of Santa Fe Centers in March 2003, Miss Cindy has taught Pre-K, Pre-K & K, Kindergarten, developed and lead the summer camp program for children K-2 and served as Head Teacher. Along with Director Jane Coleman Cabildo, she presented a workshop at the New Jersey Association for Young Children (NJAEYC) 2008 Annual Conference in Atlantic City and with music educator and author Joan Buzik at the National Association for Young Children (NAEYC) 2011 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Her current positions are Lead Teacher for Pre-K and Head Teacher and Program Coordinators/Curriculum for both the Infant/Toddler and Pre-K Centers. Since 2011, she has mentored students from Kean University in their junior field work for their Preschool through Grade 3 (P-3) certification. She holds the CDA Professional Development Specialist (PDS) credential and has assessed 5 Child Development Associate (CDA) candidates to date.
Our teacher’s at Santa Fe are experienced, responsible and caring adults who share our belief in the importance of helping the development of the whole child and have experience in caring for children in a childcare environment. Our staff are screened and carefully selected. Several of our teachers have earned their CDA (Child Development Associates) Credential and many have a degree in Early Childhood Education. Our orientation for new staff includes Santa Fe’s philosophy as well as our vision and mission policies. Team members receive ongoing training to continue their education and are evaluated throughout the year. Training ranges from basic safety and health information to topics such as discipline and a variety of child development issues. CPR and First Aid certification is provided to our staff on a continuing basis.
To ensure quality care Santa Fe maintains optimal teacher/child ratios in order to provide for developmentally appropriate supervision. This allows the staff to spend more time with each child and provides a relaxed and warm atmosphere for the children. Please see the ratios below:
|Young and Mobile Infants||1:4||1:3|
|18 months – 2.5 years||1:6||1:5|
|2.5 – 3.5 years||1:10||1:8|
|3.5 – 5 years||1:10||1:8|
|4 – 5.5 years||1:12||1:10|
|5 + years||1:15||1:12|