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Children's Choice Learning Center at Scottsdale Shea

10028 North 92nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone:
(480) 323-4630

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Quality early care and education for children 6 weeks up to 4 years of age since 2008. Our doors are open and ready to serve families from the surrounding communities. Children’s Choice is a full service center that offers an array of programs that reflect the latest knowledge and best practice in our field to the families we serve. Our child-to-educator ratio is low, and our state-of-the art facility is designed with the highest health and safety standards.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At Children's Choice Learning Centers, we believe each child is a unique individual. The goal of Children's Choice is to make childhood a wonderful and rich experience for every child who enters our doors. We guide with love and understanding because one of the most important gifts we can give a child is the gift of a healthy self-esteem, and we are sensitive to her social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We respect each child, nurture her spirit and embrace every culture so each child feels included. We value the children in our care, their families, and our educators. You will have peace of mind while at work knowing that your little one is not far from you. Parents are the most significant adults in a child's life, and we strive to create mutual respect between parents and teachers - a partnership for the benefit of the child. Our doors are open to parents at all times, and we encourage daily communication between parents and center staff. The strength of our program is the experience, expertise, and dedication of our educators. We support them with training, resources, and the freedom to create a unique, nurturing learning environment that fosters each child's creativity and positive self-image. We establish consistent and appropriate limits to help children function in their world and to develop a sense of independence and responsibility. We strive to strengthen each child's own cultural identity, while instilling a respect for others. Our educators teach Children's Choice Classics©, our proprietary, literacy-based curriculum, which is drawn from classic and contemporary children's literature for infants up to school age children. This approach to learning promotes a love for reading, teaches a respect for books, and encourages children to become lifelong learners. We encourage not just learning, but the love of learning. We believe in providing a physical environment that is safe, developmentally appropriate, and child friendly. Classrooms are arranged to offer challenging play and learning choices at a range of developmental levels. Learning centers allow children the opportunity to explore, to experience, and most importantly to succeed. Children's Choice Classics©, our proprietary, literacy-based curriculum, offers age-appropriate activities drawn from both classic and contemporary children's literature. Our classroom educators enhance Children's Choice Classics© ,with their own expertise and creativity to design solid learning experiences for each child. Our approach to early education strengthens critical thinking, builds language and literacy skills, and promotes a healthy self-esteem so every child faces the world with confidence.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Children's Choice Classics© is our innovative, classroom proven, literacy-based curriculum . Children's Choice Classics© is a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate curriculum written for infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, preschoolers, and school-age children. We choose great children's books for all age groups and then create concrete learning experiences drawn from the books and based on children's interests and abilities. This approach to learning promotes a love for reading, teaches a respect for books, and encourages children to become lifelong learners. Children's Choice Classics© exemplifies the best practices in early care and education as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum fosters childrens' critical thinking and creativity. Our educators also use their expertise to design additional learning experiences that encourage active learning based on childrens' interests and developmental needs. Children's Choice Classics© includes a variety of parent materials to make sure they can stay involved in their child's early education experience. Children's Choice Learning Centers is a member of Character Counts! Character Counts is a coalition comprised of thousands of schools, communities, and organizations that are committed to teaching America's children to become people who can be trusted to make good decisions based on principle rather than expediency. In our preschool and school-age classrooms, we focus on the Six Pillars of Character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. We provide ideas and activities to encourage these universal values which we believe define us at our best, however diverse our views and backgrounds.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Developmental milestones are skills that a child typically masters within a certain time frame. Each child moves through the developmental continuum at his own pace, if given the opportunity. Our developmental milestone checklists give our educators the specific skills for each age group - infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, and preschool/Pre-K. The educator can then offer activities that foster specific milestones and track each child's progress on his individual developmental milestone checklist.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Children's Choice is dedicated to creating a safe environment where learning meets caring, one child at a time."

A Typical Day

6:00a-11:00a Individual and small group, child-initiated and some teacher-directed activities that include art, music, manipulatives, dramatic play, and sand/water play. Snack center is incorporated. Diaper changing/restroom breaks and hand washing are ongoing.

11:00a-11:30a Outside play and curriculum.

11:30a-12:30 Lunch

12:30p-2:30p Nap and quiet time.

2:30p-3:30p Individual and small group, child-initiated and some teacher-directed activities that include art, music, manipulatives, dramatic play, and sand/water play. Snack center is incorporated. Diaper changing/restroom breaks and hand washing are ongoing.

3:30p-4:00p Outside play and curriculum.

4:00p-8:00p Individual and small group, child initiated and some teacher-directed activities that include art, music, manipulatives, dramatic play, and sand/water play. Diaper changing/restroom break and hand washing are ongoing.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our educators verbally communicate daily with parents about their child's experiences in the classroom. Our infant, toddler, and twos educators also complete a written daily report that includes the activities that the child enjoyed, his accomplishments, and routines such as meals, diaper changing/toileting, and rest time. We offer parent-educator conferences at least twice a year and are happy to schedule conferences at any time at the parents' request.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each circumstance is handled according to the individual needs of the family.