Play-based Daycares in South Pasadena CA

Play-based Daycares in South Pasadena CA

Recent Reviews in South Pasadena CA

Chin and Hong Family Child Care

"Love them! My son was so happy there!"

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Rebeca Avila Family Child Care

"My daughter has been here for 1 year and she loves Beca and Maria. The caregivers are very nice, the center is clean, they cook daily for the kids and have a clean outdoor playground. My daughter..."

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Other Play-based Daycares Near South Pasadena CA

Colonial House Preschool

Consider a preschool that blends the latest philosophies and offers a multifaceted program that mirrors its diverse community. Consider a school... environment that brings out the best feelings in your child? reminiscent of its small town charm or the simple comfort of your child's home. Consider your young child being skillfully guided through their day with the use of past values and contemporary instruction. Consider your child growing, reaching, and wanting to explore more in their use of music, language and art? We have. The Colonial House Preschool is growing up. Consider growing with us. Founded in the fall of 2000, Colonial House Preschool was the dream of early childhood educator, Joanna Hawkins. Colonial House Preschool was formed to not only create a unique environment for young children but to challenge the surrounding community of educators: it creates a safe and imaginative educational environment for children two through six years of age. Colonial House ideals are based on the mixed-age classroom where students can learn from each other. Although traditional age-based classrooms serve well for most, we, at Colonial House, feel that a child can experience so much more during the process of education while being a mentor or mentee. Today, Colonial House has grown into a multifaceted program, rich in diversity with a passion for creativity within our programming. While tradition can be learned from, Colonial House pushes towards educational opportunities not readily available to most. The early mixed-age classrooms have grown into center-based environments that foster independence, self-reliance and instill a love for learning in a nurturing environment. The teachers at Colonial House comprise a wide cross section from our local community and beyond, bringing with them highly educated backgrounds and passion from their own life experiences. The creativity and the drive can be seen from the teachers at Colonial House, as each and every child is considered a unique part of our very special community. Colonial House serves Preschool aged children from two to six years of age with half to Full Day options. At the core of the program is our Pre-K mixed aged classroom with options to attend two, three or five days. The children in the Pre-K program, regardless of the days they attend have access to all of our Centers that are listed below. The center based classroom works on a four-week rotation to create a balance in their educational needs. We also offer a T.K. program that ensures the readiness of your child for their first experience in Kindergarten. Limited in size, this program exposes your child to Kindergarten level work in our small group environment while letting the child indicate their pace. Through out the year, the Pre-K and T.K. children participate in a number of local walking field trips. These trips are always educational in material and a fun way to learn about their community. Colonial House serves toddlers with our First Year’s program starting at age two. This program is a wonderful introduction to the classroom environment for the child just leaving the nest or the seasoned independent child ready for a Full Day. We work closely with First Year’s students and parents to ensure they transition well to their new environment, as each and every child is considered a unique part of our very special community.

La Casita Verde

Mount Washington Preschool and Child Care Center has three centers: La Casita Verde, Harry Pregerson and Joy Picus Child Development Center. MWPCCC... is a community-based, non-profit organization in Northeast Los Angeles whose mission is to create, manage and sustain: 1. Developmentally appropriate, high quality, available, culturally-sensitive pre-school, child care and family support services; 2. Collaboration with other organizations to promote children’s optimal development and enhance the quality of family life in our diverse community. La Casita Verde Child Development Center is housed in the historic Ziegler Estate in Highland Park. Rosa Guzman is the Center Director. Rosa has been with the agency for over eleven years. The center has a licensed capacity of 47 children for their three classrooms. The Infant room can have 7 infants ranging in age from 0-18 months, with three infant caregivers. The toddler room can have 12 toddlers ranging in age from 18-30 months, with 3 toddler caregivers. The Preschool room can have 28 children ranging in age from 2 ½ to 5 years 11 months, with 4 preschool teachers. All three centers have the same philosophy. We are all Developmentally Appropriate Play Based Centers, meaning we believe all children learn through play. Our curriculum is emergent where we observe the children, and see what interests them, and we grow our activities through their interests. We expand on their knowledge by asking open-ended questions. The activities are open ended, and we allow the child the freedom to choose which activities they want to do. Parents always ask, is their child learning academics? Yes, we incorporate academics through play. We will never do dittos, or worksheets, or coloring pages, or other boring, tedious things. Research shows that children who are given opportunities to explore and grow within their environment are more successful than their peers who are only exposed to worksheets and dittos. (Gorman, J 2016) Children need to learn the appropriate social-emotional skills to be successful in school. One aspect of academics that we are adding more of to our play this year is STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. All of our centers have activities that integrate STEAM into our curriculum every day; however, now you will see the classrooms begin to document and display STEAM activities and projects. Here are some examples of how you will see STEAM in action: • Every day when we mix paints to find a new color, or when we mix water to our sand, we are using Science. We will be asking your child open-ended questions, to help with their critical thinking skills. Your child will learn about cause and effect, and predicting what will happen next. • For Technology, this one is hard. A lot of the research shows that in elementary schools, and in some preschools they are offering the children more screen time as a way to integrate Technology. Since this would interrupt our philosophy statement, I have found that cameras, or early technology, such as inclined planes and even scissors work. We might involve your children in the art of photography, and watch them take pictures of what they see. • When we build with blocks, or we become construction workers and build with the crates we are doing Engineering. The teachers may ask the parents to help us with creating ramps for our balls, or water or engineer some tunnels. • We create a masterpiece out of paint, glue, watercolors, crayons or markers, this is Art. When the children paint on the easels, this is what gets them ready for writing later on. It’s very important for children to paint on easels, with a variety of paints. • When we measure at the water table, or count the teddy bears, this is Math. We count all day long. In every room we use math. We count, we read books, and we talk about how many people are in their families. You may be asking yourself, what about the infants/toddlers. STEAM involves everyone, even the infants/toddlers. Based on the research from the Program for Infant and Toddler Care, we don’t do messy art with babies under the age of 12 months. However, we use STEM with them every day. We use the SEAM. the Social Emotional Assessment Measure to assess the children's Social and Emotional development. We use work sampling, and observations to assess the whole child's development. We also involve the families in a part of the assessment.

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