The ECE Program is based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool model that focuses on understanding children’s development, meeting their individual needs, providing a supportive environment, facilitating developmentally appropriate experiences and partnering with families.
We strongly believe in supporting parents as their child’s first teacher. We actively involve them in different learning areas that support the child’s development in concert with the activity in the classroom. For example when the child is ready to be potty trained we create a plan for mom to practice in the home while the teacher reinforces the same techniques at school.
Our teachers provide appropriate content and encourage children’s development of curiosity, confidence, strength and coordination, self-direction, and values. This approach balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. Our preschool classrooms are licensed and comply with all standards of the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services. Facility License number: 198014929
The Infants’ classroom is properly set for infants helping guide sensory and motor skill development in an environment full of love and encouragement. A variety of age-appropriate activities teach the children to control fine and gross motor skills and coordinate eye and hand movement. The infants are read to and talked to, rocked and played with in both indoor and outdoor environs.
Due to the specialized needs of children aged 2 and 3, this is a flexible classroom setting that shifts according to children’s needs. Activities are focused to complement preschoolers’ emerging verbal skills and literacy and to support development of early social skills. Teachers further work with the children to lay a foundation for academic learning that will be built upon and continue in the pre-kindergarten classroom. Children receive positive encouragement and direction from the staff and enjoy the outside playground area to encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills.
With the teachers’ guidance, the children increase their desire to learn, listen attentively, and acquire knowledge of colors, shapes, numbers and quantitative concepts, and an appreciation of reading and alphabet awareness that will help the children transition into elementary school. Part of the learning process is to understand how to work with and help others and use both English and Spanish as effective means of communication and self-expression. The pre-kindergarteners also learn good health habits, proper nutrition, body awareness, and health and safety skills.
This program provides a safe environment for children 5-12 years of age and includes enriching activities for school aged children such as homework support and promotes non-violent conflict resolution. This program is designed to facilitate attendance for adult participants who attend ESL and parenting classes, when their children are on vacation during the year-round school calendar. * Currently this program can only be provided with the assistance of volunteers. SC LAMP cannot guarantee that it will be available year round.