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Calvary Chapel Children's Center

8065 Valencia Street
Aptos, CA 95003

(831) 662-3470


We are a small morning enrichment preschool licensed for 20 students daily. We have excellent ratios and offer a well rounded preschool program to develop the whole child.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

We have excellent student to teacher ratios so we really get to know each child well. We have amazing teachers that are well educated, fun and truly love teaching preschoolers. Our program consists of a variety of learning styles because as seasoned teachers we know that children need a variety of learning opportunities taught in a vareity of ways. One style of learning does not fit the diversity of learners We strive to meet each child where they are at and provide each child with the tools they need to suceed,. In addition we want learning to be fun, exciting, and help child develop an enthusiastic approach for a life time of learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Phonics- we teach phonics through a variety of experiences including the Zoo Phonics reading program. Science- taught both through teacher led experiences and experiments for both individuals and groups as well as offering a variety of science tools for personal exploration and discovery.

From the Director:

We have an amazing variety of quality hands on learning tools to both teach and facilitate childrens' growth and development in all areas of learning. We believe that children need a variety of experiences to develop the whole person including opportunity and facilitation for emotional social growth. In addition to providing students with a variety of teacher led experiences we feel it equally important that children have opportunity to explore through a variety of hands on experiences. We provide tools daily for individual observation and explorations as well as daily hands on teacher led learning experiences.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At the very core of our program is the desire to meet each child where they are at and help he/she develop to their full potential in all areas of development. Our great ratios afford us the opportunity to get to know each child well and work with every child to provide them with a wonderful varity of learning opportunities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To insure a safe and loving environment, where each child is valued, accepted, and encouraged * to form partnerships with our families, so we can best meet the needs of each child * for the children to enjoy an appreciation for themselves and others * for children to develop the ability to observe, listen, understand and verbalize * to further enhance each child's curiosity and desire to learn * to help each child feel comfortable and confident in trying new things."

A Typical Day

"8:30 -9:30 Arrivals / Centers
9:30 - 9:40 Clean-up
9:40 - 10:00 Circle Time
10:00 - 10:15 Snack
10:15 - 10:45 Recess
10:45 - 11:15 Art
11:15 - 11:45 Learning Groups
11:45 - 12:00 Bible Time
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:25 - 12:35 Good Bye Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

You are your childs first teacher and we greatly value your imput and are in constant communication with our families.
We view our parent relationships as a partnerships. We are all woking toward the same goal, which is to provide your child with a safe, loving, and wonderful preschool experience.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is a very normal part of a child's development. We want to help not only your child feel safe and comfortable at school but we also know this is your precious child and you want to feel good about leaving them. There are a variety of ways we help children and families through separation anxiety, Our teachers are very nurturing, skilled, and have an excellent sucess rate in helping children and their families through separation anxiety. We will tailor a plan to meet your child's specific needs and keep in good communication with our families about your child's progress.