Hand In Hand Child Development Center

Basic Information
Program
Philosophy

Basic Information

I    Meals prepared fresh by an on-site chef.  Menus feature a nutritious and seasonal variety of foods that exceed USDA Requlations with an emphasis upon healthy serving sizes.

I   Discipline based upon Rudolf Dreikurs philosophy of Logical and Natural Consequences.  Teachers focus on positive teaching strategies.

I   No Time Outs

I    All Staff members are CPR and First Aid qualified.

I    Teachers have 24 ECE units and Assistant Teachers have 12 ECE units. twice the legal requirements of DSS.

I    A privately owned center serving children ages 2 through 6 years old established in 1989

I    Licensed for 45 children

I    Open Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm year round.  List of holiday closures in parent contract.

I    Serving breakfast, lunch and 3 snacks in a family style setting

I    Licensed by the Department of Social Services.  License # 343616079

I    Diapers and wipes provided

I    Teacher to Child ratios:  1:6 for 2 year olds and 1:10 for 3 – 6 year olds.

Philosophy

I    Parents are our partners in the early care and education of children.

I    Creativity is a process, which may or may not result in an end product.

I    Part of a teacher’s role is to develop a child’s intrinsic motivation by offering them positive choices as well as making the cause and effect connections between the child’s choices and the logical and natural consequences of those choices.

I    Preschool is one of a child’s first experiences as a member of a community.  Children learn to value themselves as well as others, to greet diversity with an open heart and mind and learn to communicate their emotions, thoughts and ideas effectively with others.

I    We focus on the development of the whole child with an equal emphasis on social and emotional skills in conjunction with cognitive, physical and language development.

Program

I    Curriculum based upon CA Preschool Learning   Foundations and Frameworks to balance a developmentally appropriate program with optimal Kindergarten Readiness.   http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psfoundations.asp#psfoundvol1  http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psframework.asp#psframevol1

I    Each teacher designs their own lesson plans based upon the Foundations and Frameworks, each child’s unique learning style and interests, individual goals, as well as class goals and FUN!!

I    We are blessed with a large and shady back yard, which offers children daily opportunities to do everything from engage in large motor play to gardening. 

I    Our daily program offers a balance between indoor and outdoor play as well as teacher directed and child initiated activities.  Science, music and art are offered daily.

I    Monthly family events are planned to build and nurture our community.

I    Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in the program!

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