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At only 3 months old, Grayson Hyatt is the youngest student at Georgetown Community School. Grayson also has the distinction of being the first infant in the school’s newly opened infant-care …
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At only 3 months old, Grayson Hyatt is the youngest student at Georgetown Community School.
Grayson also has the distinction of being the first infant in the school’s newly opened infant-care room.
Georgetown Community School added infant care to its early-learning center on Jan. 5, which gives the school the ability to care for and teach students from infants through sixth grade.
Principal Rick Winter said the idea for the infant room came from the school’s board of directors.
“(The board’s) long-term vision was to have the early-learning center, which would include the preschool, the toddlers and then the infant room,” Winter said. “We went in that direction. We started with first the preschool room, then we had a second preschool room, then our toddler room — and now we are complete with our infant room.”
Winter said an infant room was created last because it was the most difficult to complete in terms of getting state certification.
The infant room may care for up to four infants. Currently it has only Grayson.
Dana Hyatt, Grayson’s mother and the charter school’s third-grade teacher, said the infant-care program is perfect for her and her family.
“I work here, and so my son is right down the hallway. I can check on him and see him all day,” Hyatt said. “It is also just a wonderful program for the community because it is right here.”
Grayson’s father, Trent Hyatt, said the program is especially helpful because infant care in the county is somewhat limited.
Corinne Wiles, the early-learning center’s director, said adding the infant room to the school was a huge step.
“I think not very many schools, in general, have infants through sixth grade — that’s huge,” Wiles said. “So the relationships that these kids will build throughout this school is amazing.”
Merri Skeen, infant supervisor and Grayson’s first teacher, was previously a toddler teacher at the charter school and before that worked at the school when it was still Georgetown Elementary School.
She said it’s important for someone in her position to be great with kids.
“They start learning the minute they’re born. Their brains grow the most during their first three years of life,” Skeen said.
While Grayson is under Skeen’s care he will be, among many other things, developing gross and fine motor skills.
Skeen said it’s important to keep the infants stimulated but not overstimulated. Skeen said she’s there to provide a fun, safe learning environment.
“I read books with Grayson. I sing songs with Grayson. We talk all the time,” Skeen said. “He’s right now starting to grasp at things and pull at things. His eye coordination is getting really good. He can hold his head up now all by himself.”
“He’ll learn a lot of things in here — it is pretty crazy …,” Dana Hyatt said.
For information about the school or its infant care room, call 303-569-3277.
Contact Ian Neligh at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check www.clearcreekcourant.com for updates.
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