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University of Minnesota Duluth

UMD Children's Place

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

UMD Children's Place: 260 Kirby Plaza, 1208 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812; (218) 726-6727, Email:

Infant Classroom

Here at Children’s Place in the Infant room, our philosophy is to provide an environment conducive to exploration and learning.  In the Infant room, we strive to foster positive relationships among staff, families, and infants, while also encouraging independence and self-confidence. 

We believe infants learn through:

  • One-on-One interactions with caregivers
  • Cooperative play time with other infants
  • Role modeling of respect, trust, and love
  • Exploring what they can do with their bodies, such as climbing mats and movement games
  • Attempting physical accomplishments on their own, such as rolling over and crawling
  • Using their five sense, exploring textures, colors, sounds, and smells
  • Hearing language, such as caregiver narrations of daily actions, using both descriptive language and signing

Our daily schedule helps keep consistency in the Infant classroom, which allows caregivers to focus on the classroom as a whole and the child as an individual.  Diapers, bottles, and naps are given as needed throughout the day.


7:30-8:30:  Breakfast
8:30-9:00:  Free play
9:00-9:30:  Morning Snack
9:30-10:00:  Daily Routines (diapers, bottles, naps)
10:00-11:00:  Group activities, outside time, free play
11:00-11:30:  Lunch
11:30-12:00:  Daily Routines (diapers, bottles, naps)
12:00-2:00:  Quiet time (naps, books, quiet play)
2:00-2:30:  Afternoon Snack
2:30-3:00:  Daily Routines (diapers, bottles, naps)
3:00-4:00:  Free play
4:00-5:00:  Outside play