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Little Friends Learning Center

7070 Woodmore Oaks Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

(916) 726-5758

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Little Friends Learning Center is a private, non-profit Christian preschool, licensed by the State of California. Our teacher's meet all State educational qualifications and provide loving understanding guidance to each individual child.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Our staff utilizes a variety of methods and materials to stimulate the child's natural desire to learn. Our lesson plans encourage creative expression, discovery and learning through hands-on projects. All of our teachers use developmentally appropriate curriculum to allow children the opportunity to unpack and discover their world through science, arts, music and literature.

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 Chapel Time- Chapel is a great time for the students to learn Christian attitudes and good citizenship. Children are taught principles from the Bible about sharing, compassion for others, and friendship. They sing songs, hear stories, and pray to God. We help the children know that they are special to God and are always loved by him. (Denominational doctrine and philosophy are not taught.)

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our entire staff is knowledgeable and in tune with both the needs and developmental growth of each individual student. We maintain a structure, size, and teacher/student ratio that allows for us to work with children and challenge them at their individual level. Communication between home and school help us to fine tune and help to guide children into their next stage of development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We utilize our schedule and environment through kid-centered activities, both inside and outside the classroom to encourage your child's physical and mental growth. Time spent on our expansive play yard will allow children the opportunity to develop large and small muscle coordination, along with socialization skills. Indoor experiences, both structured and unstructured wil offer a variety of mainuplatives and diverse developmental learning centers.

A Typical Day

Example of our classroom daily routine:
7-7:30am-Breakfast and a movie
7:30-8pm-Breakfast and free play centers
8-9am-Table activities and centers
9-9:30am-Centers and dramatic play
9:30-10am-Outside play (weather permitting)
10-10:30am-Snack/ Chapel time
10:30-11am-Circle time/ story time
11-11:30am-Art/ learning centers
11:30-12pm-Outside play (weather permitting)
12:30-1pm-Outside play (weather permitting)
3-3:30pm Transition/ Snack
3:30-4:30pm-Outside play and learning centers (wp)
4:30-6pm-Afternoon art/projects/centers

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The daily care and education of your child is very important to our staff. We place a strong emphasis on a good home and school relationship. This helps to insure a positive experience and the best education for your young child. Our staff is very open to discussing your child's progress and often has the ability to answer questions with ease during pick ups or drop off times. However; we are also available to schedule conferences as needed or requested by either the school or home. Technology has allowed us to have an even more progressive approach and the ability to send text messages and/or picture messages to clearly and in the moment communicate with our families.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our seperation advice to parents-
Before your child starts school, both visits to the school with the parents and a good talk about the routine and schedule/ what to expect will be a successful way to begin.
If your child is having a difficult time letting you leave, please do the following: Give your child hugs and kisses, and reassure them about your time of return/pick up; then hand your child over to our loving staff. We have a very high success rate of involving children in one of our many choices for him/her and allowing them to move forward in enjoying their day.