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Arcadia Presbyterian Child Development Center

121 Alice St.
Arcadia, CA 91006

(626) 445-9764

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Faith based program that encompasses play and perceptual motor activities. Emphasis on early readiness skill development as well as strengthening social- emotional competency.

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

From the Director:

Perceptual Motor training includes activities and exercises designed to increase balance, coordination (eye, foot, hand) tracking, and midline & spatial awareness. Pre-K classes follow and exceed Calif. standards for Pre-K Learning Standards.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers will additional time with each child during indoor and outdoor activities to help them gain mastery over basic readiness skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

In a faith based setting we provide a healthy & safe environment, where children will feel well loved and attended to while they're away from their parents.
We want children to know how valued they are to us & their parents and that we believe they are important and competent.

A Typical Day

Standard morning preschool activities including indoor and outdoor, circle (focused instruction) time, music, early literacy and number awareness.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents and teachers communicate daily. Monthly newsletters and e-news keep parents up to date on class activities. Parents receive a monthly calendar preparing them for classroom and schoolwide events. Continual documentation of student progress is made by the staff... parent conferences are held in the spring

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year