Best Accredited Daycares in Pasadena CA

Accredited Daycares in Pasadena CA

Child Educational Center
For infants and toddlers, the program focuses on four areas: -self-esteem and personal awareness; -communication skills; -social skills; and -physical development. Self-awareness and positive self concept are fostered by the caregivers through close personal contact, communication with positive reinforcement, permitting freedom of activity, and respect for the child as an individual. Communication skills are fostered through thoughtful speaking with the children during routine tasks and in stories, music, and the description of activities occurring in their presence. Social development is largely a function of the babies' interaction with adults, however, their development is enhanced through physical contact, interaction in play, and structured group activities. Physical development is the foundation upon which cognitive development is based. Responsive adults provide the most significant experience, but the environment and physical activities are structured to maximize development. Infants are supported and encouraged in their natural inclination for independent physical activity. While the developmental issues for infants and toddlers are similar, certain differences are addressed in the toddler program. Toddlers are more mobile, more capable, and experiencing significant language development. Their program features a more challenging yard, with climbing structures and opportunities to take walks around the school. Group activities are begun featuring singing, playing musical instruments, playing movement games, and hearing stories. Because toddlers' attention spans are short and rapidly shifting, the program is highly flexible and individualized. Children are placed in groups based on the following considerations: -development (emotional, social, cognitive, physical), -chronological age, -peer relations, and -available space. Children generally remain with the same group until the following September, unless developmental considerations warrant other placement. The daily schedule provides for activities specifically geared to the similar developmental level of children in each classroom, as well as opportunities for children of different ages and developmental levels to interact, teach and learn from one another. Child Educational Center, Caltech/Jpl Community is a licensed child care center in La Canada Flintridge, CA. We are a large center. Contact us to schedule a tour and discover for yourself all Child Educational Center, Caltech/Jpl Community has to offer.

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Child Educational Center

The Child Educational Center, part of the JPL and Caltech... communities, provides early care and education with a pioneering focus on heart-centered, progressive education and outdoor learning at seven sites in La Canada and Pasadena, California. The CEC offers full- and part- time programs for children up to five years at its La Canada site, the Cooperative Preschool at Caltech, as well as the after-school programs and summer camps for children in grades K – 6. Through consulting and outreach services and The Outdoor Classroom Project® initiative, the CEC is transforming the way early childhood educational programs provide care to children across California and beyond. The CEC’s Infant-Toddler and Preschool program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Child Educational Center’s (CEC) Cooperative Preschool at Caltech, previously available only to families with Caltech or JPL affiliations, is now opening its enrollment to all community families. The Cooperative Preschool operates a morning (8:30-11:30am) program for 9 months each year, beginning in September and running through May. This program utilizes curriculum that is stimulating and challenging, as well as nurturing and supportive of each child's learning style. Outdoor play and exploration is an integral component of each day, encouraging children to develop knowledge and love of the natural world. The daily schedule provides for activities specifically geared to the various developmental levels of children in the program, as well as opportunities for children to interact, teach, and learn from one another. As a cooperative, parents take turns participating as assistant teachers under the guidance of professional CEC staff. This combination of professional teachers and parent volunteers creates a ratio of 1 adult to every 4 children or better. The Cooperative Preschool at Caltech embodies the same philosophical approach and mission as the CEC. Enrollment is open throughout the year on a space-available basis. Listed tuition rates vary depending on full- or part-time scheduling, if you work for Caltech or JPL, and other factors.

Serendipity School

At Serendipity, the focus is on child-centered activities. This means... that the choices are left for the children to make. This teaches initiative and independence, because the choices are not being made for them. It instills a sense of responsibility and respect, because they must follow the rules. It accommodates greater individualized learning because children proceed at their own pace. At Serendipity, children's activities center on objects and experiences that develop more fully their understanding of what they can see, touch, hear, smell, and taste. Objects are safe, fun, and can be manipulated in different ways as children develop their awareness and discover details and relationships. Teachers, trained to understand the sequences children experience as they learn provide the play props. They set the stage for each learning experience. Then they stand back allowing the children freedom of choice, the freedom to learn in their own way, at their own pace. Teachers recognize when to give individuals attention to a particular child; helping a child reach out to share a new discovery, reminding another of a vital piece that is just outside his range of vision, or just giving a quick hug, or a word of encouragement. Children's natural curiosity and desire to make sense of their world motivates them to become involved in learning activities. We learn best what we do by ourselves, Or as Piaget put it: "Every time we teach a child something we prevent him from discovering it himself." Our Programs Infants and Toddlers: Children are free to move about in safe, stimulating indoor and outdoor spaces. Their basic needs are attended to with respect and patience. Our caregivers understand the importance of predictability and repetition. Pre-School: Exploration! Hours and hours experiencing both the new and different as well as the old, familiar, and comfortable. Pre-reading and pre-math skills are developed through developmentally appropriate play. Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten: Active involvement with written language and numbers. Children work together to accomplish self-determined teacher facilitated goals, that equal or surpass all state or local district requirements for reading and math skills. Small class size and a longer school day guarantee greater individualized attention for a child. Cognitive learning is integrated through activities using real-life objects and materials. We avoid experiences that focus on isolated development, memorization, and rote repetition exemplified by workbooks or dittos have been shown to offer few lasting benefits. Before and After Care for School-Age Children: Home-like, with nutritious snacks; a chance to rest on a bean bag, sofa, or other comfortable spot. We also help with homework. Our organized recreation activities are designed to channel energy into positive, satisfying play. Team work, leadership, and respect for others are encouraged through adult modeling and cooperative play. Regular field trips, gymnastics, dance, and tutoring programs enhance children's experiences. Summer Camp and "Kinder" Camp: Programs for school-age children that keep them active and interested for the entire summer!

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