Accredited Daycares in Santa Monica CA

Accredited Daycares in Santa Monica CA

Hill & Dale Family Learning Center
Hill & Dale Family Learning Center is an outgrowth of a privately owned preschool operated in Pacific Palisades for over thirty years. When the owners, Eleanor and Lee Kendall, no longer wished to continue operating their school, a group of Hill & Dale parents decided to reorganize it as a non-profit corporation run by a parent-community Board. Inspired by the strong educational philosophy of the Kendalls, we established the school with the following objectives: To run a top quality educational child care program based on a strong guiding philosophy; To attract and develop a staff extensively trained in early childhood education and development; To compensate that staff with competitive wages and benefits; and To establish and nurture a strong parent education component which encourages parents to take an active role in understanding their child's development and participating in their education. We opened our doors in September 1979 at 1512 Pearl Street in Santa Monica with 10 children. Less than a year later, we were at full enrollment with 25 children and have had a continual waiting list since that time. Judith Brunk became Executive Director, a position she still holds today. Hill & Dale moved its operations in August of 1984 to the business development at Colorado Place (Yahoo Center). This move into larger facilities offered new horizons for promoting quality educational child care and facilitating parenting education and skills. Hill & Dale at Yahoo Center has also been a highly successful experiment in developer-assisted creation of new child care facilities in the Santa Monica community. As the program grew and the demand for infant care became greater, we opened our second Center in August of 1987 in a converted firehouse owned by the City of Santa Monica at the west end of Clover Park on Ocean Park Blvd. Hill & Dale holds a lease with the city for use of the building and Watt Industries, a local developer, committed funding and construction assistance necessary for building renovation and set u
Circle of Children Preschool
Through the years, Circle has developed a quality, well-planned curriculum constructed with the developmental needs, interests and skills of the children in mind. Our daily program offers arts and crafts, drama, dance and movement activities, storytelling, organized games, music education, and out-door play. The school provides an environment full of fun and excitement, where children live and learn together in an atmosphere where children want to learn. Children are encouraged to explore the world through their own senses and take from their environment that which is important to their particular stage of development. We guide children in developing inner control, learned through understanding rather than through fear. Each day includes time when children practice making decisions choosing from among the various activities offered. We also set times daily for the children to be together for group activities. Parent Involvement We believe that parents are a child's first and most important teacher. We offer parents guidance in understanding how children grow and learn. Circle is a bridge between the child's place at home and his/her place in the world. We encourage parents to participate in the school - to share their talents, hobbies, and time. Parents are welcome to volunteer for special projects or just reading a story. Throughout the year, committee positions are available for numerous events and activities, allowing parents an opportunity to be involved beyond the classroom. Parent meetings are held on a regular basis. Attendance at these meetings allows the opportunity to communicate with the teachers regarding the school program and provides a time when issues can be raised that are important in the lives of the students. Philosophy Circle of Children Preschool is concerned with the development of the whole child: physical, mental, and emotional. Circle's philosophy for early childhood education is based on the following concepts: We believe the preschool years are fund

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