Early Childhood Center

Tiny T-Birds is a high school laboratory child care center serving the needs of infants through children five years of age, as well as MHS students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program. The MHS Family & Consumer Sciences Department offers this program as part of Arizona Career and Technical Education. As a component of the program, high school students observe, plan, and work with young children under the direct supervision of professional staff. These students also participate in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization.

Philosophy & Statement of Services

Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide high quality early care and education that supports and nurtures all children as thinkers, researchers, and problem solvers during their journey of learning.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide infants through children five years of age with a safe, nurturing, caring, and positive environment that encourages active learning. Our knowledgeable and well-trained staff is committed to facilitating child-centered and developmentally appropriate curriculum to promote the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative growth of all children.

Program Philosophy

The early years are a critical time of growth and development. We believe young children learn best through play, exploration, and discovery. Through play-based curriculum, children learn to express themselves, think critically, solve problems creatively, and interact positively with others. Our program offers a balance of teacher-structured and child-initiated activities, as well as, frequent hands-on activities that focus on the process of learning which helps children develop a greater love for learning.

Our Program Goals

Respecting the complexity of Early Childhood, we maintain goals for young children that are developmentally appropriate by providing them with key learning experiences. It is the goal of our program to help children develop the following:

  • A positive self-worth
  • Independence
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Language skills, both listening and speaking
  • Large and small motor coordination
  • Intellectual curiosity about the world
  • Self-expression skills
  • Positive social skills, including cooperation and interdependence
  • Respect for one’s own rights as well as the rights of others

Daily Schedule
Infant Schedule
Younger Toddler Schedule
Older Toddler Schedule
Preschool Schedule 

 Important Info
 Tiny T-Birds Parent Handbook

National Accreditation 
In July of 2013, the National
Accreditation Commission
awarded Tiny T-Birds
accreditation for Early Care
and Education Programs. The
center is recognized as an
early care and education
program that exemplifies
excellence in the care and
education of young children.
Tiny T-Birds ensures a high
quality program for children
that is conducive to their
individual growth and
development, provides
professional training
opportunities for staff, and
demonstrates that the center
exceeds minimum state
licensing requirements for child
care programs.

Quality First Participation 

Tiny T-Birds achieved a 4-Star Quality Plus rating from Quality First. Quality First, a signature program of First Things First, partners with regulated child care and preschool providers to improve the quality of early learning across Arizona. Research shows that children with access to high quality early learning programs are better prepared for kindergarten, do better in school, and are more likely to graduate and go on to college.