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Creative Habitat Children's Center

1190 W. Latimer Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 374-4442


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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
  • geoboards, pattern blocks
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
  • 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 "We offer several optional programs and services including: Little Movers(TM) A mobile sports physical education program that offers children a structured form of exercise and helps them develop better control of their large muscle groups, helps develop spatial awareness, and helps them develop respect for their bodies. At this time, this program is available for children who are a minimum of 2 years old, and it is currently offered on Monday mornings for an additional charge which is paid directly to Little Movers. Hair Cuts as a time saver to busy parents, a licensed cosmetologist comes to the school about every 6 weeks to cut hair. This service is offered on Tuesdays and the fee is paid directly to the cosmetologist Summer Program Academics are still taught during the summer but the focus is on play. Activities vary year to year but there are always field trips to Happy Hollow, the Discovery Museum, and other places of interest. We also schedule visitors like the fire department who introduce the children to a fire fighter wearing his gear and let them climb through the truck. We believe that signing with babies and toddlers is a very important aspect of their development. The image of teaching hearing babies sign language may seem strange, but babies have control of their hands long before they develop the fine motor skills required for speech. They also understand a considerable amount of what is being spoken before they themselves can speak. The primary benefit to signing, is that it allows for early communication and reduces much of the frustration for child, parent, and teacher in trying to figure out what the child needs or wants. We teach over 20 signs to our infants and toddlers. We use American Sign Language (ASL) because it is the standard in nonverbal communication. ASL, however, has its own structure as a language that is different from verbal English, so we are not teaching full ASL, but individual signs and phrases. Babies may learn to signs for 'milk' instead of 'water', or ' help', or 'more' many months before they can speak. One child, during a period of multiple ear infections signed that she had 'pain' in her 'left ear'. A trip to the pediatrician confirmed that she had an infection in the indicated ear. It is important to note that signing doesn't delay verbal language development. Signs are always accompanied by verbal input when they are taught. The amount of signing a child will do, and when they start depends on the individual. Some children are ready to sign before others, some use it a lot, others use it sparingly. Being taught in a group setting has the advantage of peer reinforcement. At mealtimes for example, a teacher might ask a child if they want 'more' and the whole table will sign back 'more'. Some studies have shown accelerated development in children who sign and other studies have indicated a significant increase in IQ. Not all experts agree about these benefits, but the primary benefit of early communication is quite clear. The first time your child spontaneously signs to you is a special moment." Extracted from

From the Director:

"An August, 2005 Wall Street Journal article told of a preschool in Virginia that advised a mother her 3 year old was behind because he didn't know now to write his name. The school suggested remedial drilling with flash cards which she tried until she and her child were so frustrated that she stopped. Some years later, her child is doing quite well in elementary school. We at Creative Habitat Children's Center reject the cookie cutter philosophy of preschool education exemplified by this story. Children develop at different rates. Furthermore, preschool is about more than academics. Equally important are social and emotional development. That being said, however, every child needs to attain a certain level of academic development prior to kindergarten, and our purpose is to insure your child is fully prepared socially, emotionally,and academically to succeed and enjoy kindergarten when they leave us. If you haven't been exposed to kindergarten recently, you may be surprised. Children learn to read and write in kindergarten. They keep written journals and are expected to have rudimentary punctuation knowledge, such as the significance of periods, exclamation points and quotation marks. There is a heavy emphasis on phonetics to decipher words. In math, they learn addition and subtraction, and they are exposed to art, computers, history, science, and a variety of other subjects. Our academic program begins at the infant stage and progresses to our pre-k class. On a typical day at Creative Habitat, the children have outside play after breakfast, to burn off some energy prior to their classroom work. Midmorning is devoted to teacher directed academics. The afternoon typically has both teacher directed activities and child directed play. Every week has a theme to maintain continuity across all classes in the school. Themes are influenced by national theme weeks, holidays, events, and seasonal changes. We encompass a variety of activities both serious and simply fun. We also meet with local kindergarten teachers to understand what incoming students are required to know and what changes are expected in the future. The director and teachers are always available to discuss your child and his or her academic progress." Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We provide a warm, stable, environment with low ratios, appropriate curricula, activities, and attention to individual differences. Creative Habitat Children's Center is located on a residential street in Campbell, CA. Our tree lined setting offers a tranquil environment, with little vehicle traffic. As a result, classes can go on walks through the neighborhood rather than be confined entirely to the playground. We also have 'around the block' parades for the Fourth of July, Halloween, and other more spontaneous events. The building itself, encompasses about 6000 sq. ft of which 3500 sq. ft is activity area. The building was originally a convalescent hospital which gives it several unique architectural features. It has a large central hallway where physical education activities are conducted as well as events such as the school 'feast' on Thanksgiving where all classes sit at a long communal table. All rooms have 'Dutch doors' which allow the top half to be open while the bottom is closed. This permits viewing the classroom without having to enter and promotes free air flow through the building. We have three age appropriate playgrounds. There is ample shade, grass play areas, play structures with Fibar impact surfaces, and cement walks. The school is licensed for 100 children, 24 infants and toddlers, and 76 preschool children. Classes are assembled by age and each class has its own classroom. We are licensed to accept children from 4 weeks old to entry into first grade, which permits us to offer before and after school care to kindergarten students. The owners are Desiree Kimball and her husband Michael, who purchased the school in January, 2005 and whose youngest daughter attends the school. Desiree is a licensed registered nurse who specialized in neonatal intensive care and brings her knowledge of nutrition and heath care to the management of the school. The fundamental core of the school is its director and teachers. Some of the teachers have been with the school since its inception and have over 20 years experience in early childhood education. They are all cheerful, friendly, and dedicated to the children. You may drop in for a tour at any time although tours from 11:00 to 3:00 are difficult as they impact lunch and the nap period. Prospective clients and their children may visit and spend time in their classroom prior to joining the school. Creative Habitat Children's Center is a safe and happy environment for your child. We know that choosing a preschool, even making the decision to send your child to preschool, can be difficult and stressful but we have a staff that is adept at welcoming your child and easing the transition." Extracted from

A Typical Day

"The school is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Tuition includes breakfast (before 8:00 AM), lunch, and an afternoon snack. Most of the students are full time but half day and part time schedules are available. Ratios for the infant and toddler rooms are 1 teacher to 4 children. We strive to keep the ratio for 2 year olds at 1 to 8, and 1 to 10 for the pre-k children, all lower than the state allowed ratio of 1 to 12." Extracted from

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

null"We also meet with local kindergarten teachers to understand what incoming students are required to know and what changes are expected in the future. The director and teachers are always available to discuss your child and his or her academic progress." Extracted from

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on