The Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center was founded in 1984 to provide daily care for infants and young children. From its fledgling origins, the school has evolved into a multi-level day care and learning center for pre-kindergarten children.

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The Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center has two goals:

  1. To provide safe, quality, professional care and supervision of the children entrusted to the school.
  2. To begin the educational process by providing a foundation of values and skills using learning techniques that are developmentally appropriate.


The Alfred G. Rayner Learning Center provides a healthy functional physical environment, a structured, progressive, developmentally appropriate curriculum, knowledgeable teachers and encourages the involvement of parents.

From infancy to preschool your child will engage in exciting learning activities specifically designed to meet their needs and help them develop in all areas.

The focus of our programming:

  • Emphasizes Judaism, its customs and culture
  • Builds language skills
  • Develops gross and fine motor skills
  • Fosters critical thinking
  • Encourages positive social interactions
  • Nurtures creativity and curiosity

Our program also offers:

  • Music classes taught by a certified teacher
  • Mousercise, a floor-based gymnastics program
  • Annual speech, hearing and vision screenings
  • Visits from the fire department, zoo, school buses, police department, dentist and others
  • Interesting seminars or courses for parents

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A baby in Rayner's Infant classInfants: Three to 12 months of age

Our infant program supports your baby’s development and takes care of his/her daily needs in a loving and nurturing environment. Babies are offered developmentally appropriate toys to observe and manipulate, books to view and music to enjoy in various forms. They are surrounded by verbal communication from their teachers and are able to interact with their peers. Parents are provided feedback on aspects of the baby’s day, such as diapering, feeding and sleeping.


A toddler in Rayner's one- and two-year-old classToddlers: One to two years of age

Toddlers learn by experiencing the environment through their senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch) and through physical movement and social interaction. Toddlers also absorb information about the world around them as adults read, talk and sing with them. They are offered developmentally appropriate toys to observe and manipulate. These children are surrounded by a nurturing, stimulating environment throughout the day.


Two girls in Rayner's two- and three-year-old classTwo and three years of age

This program emphasizes communication, problem solving, gross, fine motor and play skills. Children engage in indoor and outdoor motor activities and pretend, imaginary, dramatic and creative play. Children are immersed in a “whole language,” a way of teaching reading and writing that emphasizes learning whole words and phrases by encountering them in meaningful contexts rather than by phonics exercises. 


Four children in Rayner's four-year-old classFour and five years of age

Children develop an understanding of the concepts of self, others and the world around them through observation and interaction with adults and peers. Using educational materials, the children seek solutions to concrete problems. Math, science, social studies and health are integrated into meaningful activities, including:  building with blocks, measuring various substances (sand, water or cooking ingredients); observing changes in the environment; working with tools;  sorting various objects for a purpose; exploring animals, plants, water, wheels and gears; singing and listening to music from various cultures; and  art (drawing, painting and working with various media). This class follows routines that enhance their cognitive abilities and broaden their knowledge base.

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Contact the Rayner Center

Director: Dottie Smith
Address: 9111 Jefferson Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: 225-924-6772
Fax: 225-924-3697
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