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St Columba's Children's Learning Center

1251 Las Posas Road
Camarillo, CA 93010

(805) 484-0022

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Columba’s Children’s Learning Center is a ministry of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Camarillo, California. The Learning Center is licensed by the State of California to serve children from two to five years of age. Our school has been accredited by The National Association of Episcopal Schools. Along with the Director, the School Board oversees the staff and running of the Learning Center.

Our goal is to provide a friendly, nurturing atmosphere, to inspire confidence and a positive self-image. We provide age-appropriate learning experiences that stimulate the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical self. The Learning Center offers an enriching curriculum that will also help develop each child’s spiritual growth. Each child is respected as an individual; therefore, teaching methods, approaches and instruction are tailored to the child’s unique learning needs. To meet this goal, the school maintains a low teacher/child ratio. In addition to forming a solid foundation for future academic achievement and creative expression, our comprehensive early childhood education program also promotes social skills and healthy interpersonal relationships, which assist the children as they integrate into elementary school and beyond.

A Typical Day

7:30 – 8:30 Inside Free Choice Activities

8:30 – 9:00 Outside Play

9:00- 9:05 Life Skills (Restroom/Hand Washing)

9:05 – 9:25 Good Morning Circle: Roll Call,

9:25 – 9:40 Am Snack Time

9:40 – 10:00 Circle Time: Story, Music
Talk about projects of the day

10:00 – 10:45 Teacher Directed Project,
Free Choice Center

10:45 – 10:55 Clean Up

10:55 – 11:15 Group Music and Movement
Closing Group Time (Discuss what we did today)

11:15 – 11:45 Individual Outside Play Time

11:45 – 11:50 -Restroom and Hand Washing

11:50 – 12:00 Get Ready For Lunch or Pick Up

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to develop a routine during drop off times. If this routine is followed, children tend to benefit because they are able to predict what is going to happen. We also encourage families to ask the teachers for help when needed, and to never leave without saying goodbye to their children (sneaking out) because this leaves the child with a sense of insecurity.