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Northside Christian Early Childhood Development Center

2709 East Nees Avenue
Clovis, CA 93611

Phone:
(559) 299-8484

Website:

Our program is an enrichment program only. We following the calendar schedule of Clovis Unified School District.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At the Northside Christian Early Childhood Development Center, it is believed that all children develop at their own rates in the following areas: physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and spiritual. Teaching strategies must be matched to best fit the individual child, because every child is unique. Teachers systematically shape the classroom environment to create interest in the subject area the children are pursuing. They plan and implement activities where children can practice their newly found skills and knowledge. Activities done in the classroom must have a balance between being teacher-directed and child-centered or structured and unstructured. It is always remembered that children learn best when they are playing. Teachers always favor letting the child discover knowledge through their play activities rather than formally instructing them. It is also acknowledged that many skills that help make children sucessful at formal education must be formally taught (ex: letter, names, etc.)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Bible Stories, Handwriting Without Tears, Zoo Phonics

From the Director:

We belive that children learn best through hands-on experiences, exploring & interacting with the teachers and their peers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We formally assess the children toward the beginning and end of the school year. We use these assesments to adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. Assessment activities are incorporated in the curriculum throughout the year to help the children reach their goals.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our program is designed to enrich the mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual development of your child. Keeping in mind that each child has his/her own unique pattern of growth, we desire to help your child grow in his/her knowledge of God and the world around him/her. The end result will be positive self-worth and a sense of accomplishment.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Gathering time: 9:00 - 9:10
Circle Time: 9:10 - 9:40
Outside Play: 9:40 - 10:10
Math/Science/Bible: 10:10 - 10:20
Snack Time: 10:20 - 10:45
Work Time: 10:45 - 11:40
Circle Time/Music: 10:45 - 12:00

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate with parents in many different ways; school visits, newsletters, parent conferences, white board, email, text, phone calls, dropping off & picking up of child. Parents are welcome to visit at any time!

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation