HCA Recipes for Learning and Growing

A Terrific Recipe for Learning


It is very simple;


All you need is a classroom full of friends, a warm, safe, stimulating environment and great teachers for guidance!


You found it at Hillcrest Academy!


Our curriculum is based on universal patterns and milestones of child development.  We value each child as individuals with different characteristics and learning styles.


All of our programs are instructed by certified teachers and teacher’s aides who are experts in their field.


Hillcrest Academy is dedicated to providing a supportive environment where children have the ability to experience new and exciting ideas.


In our quest for children to have a positive experience while in our center, we have developed a positive discipline policy.  We set realistic expectations for our children.  Our environments are enhanced in such a way that promotes children to behave in positive ways.  We focus on the positive while communicating with the children.  We offer children choices and guide them toward making the correct one.  We also teach problem solving skills to resolve conflicts amongst peers.


Our infant program consists of children ages 6 weeks – 18 months.  Daily experience sheets are sent home after their fun filled day with us!  Your child’s daily sheets are full of important information regarding your individual child’s events and daily happenings for the day.  Circle time is experienced everyday with children’s involvement including finger plays, songs and picture books.


Edible Finger Paint:


1 envelope unflavored or flavored gelatin

1 cup cold water

½ cup cornstarch

2 cups boiling water



Add ¼ cup cold water to gelatin, set aside.  Mix ¾ cup cold water with cornstarch in a saucepan.  Slowly stir boiling water into the cornstarch mixture.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it boils and is clear.  Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture.  Color with food coloring.


1 cup liquid laundry detergent

3 cups warm water

3 Tablespoons glycerin

½ teaspoon sugar

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