Preschool (ages 30 months and potty trained – Kindergarten eligible)

The preschool and prekindergarten classrooms are where exploration becomes more formalized.  Here, the children learn basic skills needed for kindergarten: familiarity of routines, social skills in a group setting, math concepts, language arts, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills and problem solving — all done within a nurturing environment designed specifically for them. Using the Creative Curriculum as our foundation provides a thorough foundation that supports the children in meeting the Desired Results and the California Preschool Curriculum Foundations and Frameworks.  This curriculum also encourages our teachers to individualize and make the learning experiences relevant to the children in the classroom by framing learning in the children’s interests. This learning and development is shown in our Floorbooks, where the teachers and children work together to document their thoughts, record and reflect on their experiences and plan future exploration opportunities.

Study is focused on interesting topics such as insects or balls.  They are exposed to different planned activities and materials that encourage their development in all areas. This planning is carefully thought out by their degreed and credentialed teachers.  Each teacher in the classroom is the primary caregiver for 10 children with a maximum of 20 children in the class. The teacher’s responsibility is to develop activities and provide materials in the classroom that encourages each child as well as meets the needs of the classroom overall with other teachers. 

Each activity — whether it's playing with Play-Doh, playing with others, making sand cakes or building a city with blocks — provides the child with numerous developmental growth opportunities.

The classroom environment is fundamental to supporting the child’s experiences and learning while in the program. The ECEC strives to make its classrooms a welcoming place for both the children and family that features “homelike” touches. The room and playground allow the children to freely and safely explore their environment. Classrooms are divided into strategically-located interest areas, so learning experiences do not interfere or interrupt one another.  For example, noisy activities (building with blocks, dramatic play) are separate from quiet activities (reading, writing and art). The teachers rotate materials often to keep the children interested and increase the level of difficulty so children are challenged mentally and physically.