Who wouldn't love another grandma? These caring volunteers can be found rotating among our classrooms each day, providing an extra set of hands for the teachers and an extra dose of attention for the children.
This program also means additional adults are present in our classrooms beyond our stated teacher-student ratios (which already meet and often exceed licensing standards!).
The Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program is a federally funded program for senior citizens 55 years and older. These volunteers give children the much-needed attention that can change lives, as well as mentoring. Foster Grandparents help children develop skills, confidence and strength to succeed in life.
For several years DHCDC has teamed up with Hampton University's Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic to provide screenings, evaluations and therapy (as needed) to all of our students, at no cost.
DHCDC works with Eastern Virginia Medical School to provide Art Therapy to the children at our Center. Not only does art therapy help children to learn to manage their behavior, develop social skills, and boost self esteem it is also an effective therapeutic tool to help children express themselves in ways that language cannot.
Our partnership with both colleges have become an integral part in how we prepare our children for success in school and in life.
Musikgarten is the leader in early childhood music education, music and movement, and music classes for young children. Beginning simply with singing, moving, and exploring rhythm instruments, they add levels of complexity as the children grow, expanding the singing repertoire, teaching more complex dances, and building instrumental ensembles.
Some studies indicate that early music instruction positively impacts language and literacy development; others point to improved pattern recognition skills which are the basis for mathematical learning; still others reveal the social and emotional benefits of being involved in music. Musikgarten can give your child a learning advantage for life.