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Infants

Infants – 9 children – 1:3 ratio

In our infant classroom, we provide a nurturing and caring environment for exploring and learning that promotes healthy brain development. We enjoy making new discoveries with children, and support them in reaching milestones, such as recognizing familiar faces, learning to crawl or playing “Peek-A-Boo”. Our soft flooring allows the babies, to scoot, crawl or walk across the room to get a book, look at themselves in a mirror, or to crawl into the ball pit with other babies for some healthy gross motor play. A separate nap room allows children to nap in their own crib in a quiet, calming environment.

Average age: 6 weeks to 1 year

Infant Room Teachers

  • Arnalisa Akbar, Lead Teacher Arnalisa Akbar, Lead Teacher

  • Gloria Dobson, Teacher Assistant Gloria Dobson, Teacher Assistant

  • Melissa Meekins, Teacher Assistant Melissa Meekins, Teacher Assistant

Arnalisa Akbar, Infant Lead Teacher

  • Hire Date: February, 2012
  • Education/Experience: A.A. in Medical Assistant from Sentara College.  Currently working toward CDA and has 10 years of experience in the early childhood field.
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration Training
  • Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends especially beautiful 6 year-old daughter, spending time at the beach, bowling and interior decorating.

Gloria Dobson, Infants Assistant Teacher

  • Hire Date: April, 1995
  • Education/Experience: High School, Early Child Care Classes and 30+ years in early childhood field
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid
  • Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with grandchildren, fishing, gardening, and her beloved pet dog.

Melissa Meekins, Infants Assistant Teacher

  • Hire Date: July, 1994
  • Education/Experience: High School and 22 years in the early childhood field.
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid
  • Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, reading, music, being outside, decorating.

Infant Gallery

  • We encourage independent play as well as sharing with our friends. Our infants are given the opportunity to explore their environment. We encourage independent play as well as sharing with our friends. Our infants are given the opportunity to explore their environment.

  • When weather permits, our teachers enjoy exploring the community with the infants. When weather permits, our teachers enjoy exploring the community with the infants.

  • A 1:3 ration means our infants receive personalized care throughout the entire day. A 1:3 ration means our infants receive personalized care throughout the entire day.

  • Our food program designs menus specifically for our children. Infants eating solid foods receive age-appropriate meals. Our food program designs menus specifically for our children. Infants eating solid foods receive age-appropriate meals.

  • A separate nap room allows infants to rest in their own cribs. A separate nap room allows infants to rest in their own cribs.

  • Specifically designed toys allow our mobile infants to feel confidant in their environment. Specifically designed toys allow our mobile infants to feel confidant in their environment.

  • Even our smallest classmates join in seasonal activities such as summer trips to the ice cream shop. Even our smallest classmates join in seasonal activities such as summer trips to the ice cream shop.