Mile Square Early Learning Center, established in 1979, offers neighborhood children and their parents daily, dependable and safe early childhood educational experiences.  Through the years the notion of child care has changed to reflect developmentally appropriate practices. A new level of service has emerged with parents and educators expecting child care centers to provide educational tools and concepts formerly taught in kindergarten or even first grade. It is no longer acceptable for children to just “play”. Our parents, like most parents, want the best for their children, but what is really the best? We have found, and educational research supports the idea, that an individual developmental approach to learning best suits the needs of very young children. We take into consideration that play is the vehicle used by our children to learn complex concepts and skills.