Back to Carlsbad Preschools

Children's Villages Child Development Center

2506 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 434-5854


5 parents took the survey TAKE THE SURVEY

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

The curriculum is designed to include the enrichment of the total child. The curriculum promotes development in the areas of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative growth. The children's daily experiences promote interest in art, literature, dramatic play, music and movement, small motor skills, perceptual motor skills, physical strength, health and nutrition, science, math, peaceful conflict resolution, character-building, and cultural enrichment.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

More Information

  • 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

More Information

  • Puzzles
  • Flannel boards, counting items, sequencing beads
Time & space more

More Information

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

More Information

  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • A community garden outdoors and a science room indoors
Music more

More Information

  • Musical instruments
  • Music library
Visual arts more

More Information

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

More Information

  • 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
  • We have a 10,000 SF playground that is a natural playscape filled with grasses, flowers, trees, hills to climb, and a vegetable garden
Other subjects taught American Sign Language, Spanish, Yoga, Health and Nutrition, Peaceful Conflict-Resolution, Character-Building, Cooking Projects.

From the Director:

Teachers embrace the basics of emergent curriculum: to capture the ideas that flow from the children. Teachers provide the tools for learning and distribute those instruments to the classes in the form of literature, music, drama, art, and culinary experiences in order to stimulate each child's sensory knowledge.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children learn through sensory experience. Each child is offered the same experiences with differing results which are documented by the teacher. Children who excel in one area, may not excel in another. Conversely, a child who is language delayed, may excel physically and socially. Students are encouraged to do their best and to be justifiably proud of their individual accomplishments. Preschool is not the end of their academic career. It is a preparation for success in life and for learning to appreciate individuality and diversity. Children are encouraged to "be themselves", which sometimes leads to just doing nothing but relaxing on the grassy area, looking up at the sky.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of Children's Villages is to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for the very young child, to encourage each child to value individuality, develop respect for the rights of others, learn about the surrounding world, and develop of love of life and for learning.

A Typical Day

We welcome the children in the Gathering Rooms with songs, stories, and a review of the previous day's activities and accomplishments. We discuss our plans and our goals for the day.

The children individually choose from a selection of activities or centers.

We have an art activity in the Art Room.

We share Morning Snack at the Harvest Table.

Our Outdoor play selection includes: playing on the two Hill Slides that are built right into our slope, or on the Tire Swing that hangs from one of our tall trees, or on the grassy area with the dome and slides, or crossing the bridge over our "Lazy River", or by visiting the outdoor villages including the Tiki Hut and the playhouse, or riding on the bicycle paths, and / or tending to the vegetable garden.

Indoors for Small Group Circle time for social and academic stimulation.

Creative process art in the Art Studio.

Music and Movement in the dance/yoga room.

Communal Lunch at the Harvest Table.

Stories, relaxation exercises, and Nap Time.

Afternoon Snack.

Outdoor time with free play and project time available.

Story time for winding down.

Free art expression

Pick up time: we close at 6 pm

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-Teacher communication is accomplished on a daily basis. In the Infant Care Center, parents receive a written report of the child's activities, feeding, and diapering. In the Preschool, the teachers post a daily class activity summary which includes the books that were read, the art projects, music and movement activities, science and/or cooking projects, and outdoor play activities. Parent-Teacher conferences are held quarterly for children under two; semi-annually for children over two; and whenever requested by either teacher or parent. We publish a monthly newsletter, The Village Voice, host Parent's Nights Out, Parent Education meetings, and invite parents to participate on our field trips. Parents and children are encouraged to participate in our "Pennies From Heaven" charitable giving program which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have extra staff on hand to devote one-on-one time with an anxious child. We transition the child with the "Mommy/Daddy is Coming" song, which is sung to the child by all the other classmates. We assign a "mentor" to the child as a Big Brother/Big Sister to help throughout the day as needed.