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Encinitas Child Development Center

121 N. El Camino Real Suite C
Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 753-4468


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Equally important to learning appropriate pre-kindergarten skills, we believe that by encouraging positive social interactions and enhancing each child's self-esteem, we prepare children to begin their academic journey with the curiosity to learn and the confidence to succeed.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • computer programs
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counting and sorting
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • experiments with physics
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • performing arts
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
  • 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
  • sensory tables
Other subjects taught Sign Language, Cooking, & Gymnastics

From the Director:

Our goal is to have each child enter their school age years with the excitement and desire to learn and the proper social skills to ensure success. While promoting and practicing positive social interactions, we encourage hands-on learning through the use of developmentally appropriate activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are committed to working with each child identifying strengths and exploring new ways to introduce learning techniques.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Encinitas Child Development Center offers an educational preschool program for children from 2 to 5 years old. Focusing on the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of children we have provided ?centers? to allow children the opportunity to explore, to experience, and most important, to succeed. The children do not need to be toilet trained, but must be mentally and physically able participate in our program.

Encinitas Child Development Center provides a variety of developmentally appropriate activities because we believe that each child has unique interests, experiences, and abilities. The environment, schedule, and expectations for children's behavior and learning, encourages teachers to respect and value differences among children.
(excerpted from website)

A Typical Day

Encinitas Child Development Center's schedule starts at 8:30 a.m. The entire school meets for an interactive Circle Time to discuss the day's activities, weekly theme, and anything pertinent for the day. We also read stories, sing songs, and share.

Circle time provides an opportunity for children to develop a sense of belonging to a group. Social Skills are enhanced when children learn to share ideas and listen to the ideas of others. Activities are presented daily to provide children with opportunities to develop skills in the area of dramatic play, science, cooking, math, blocks, art, and language development.

Snack is served at 9 a.m., then we divide into our individual classes and start centers. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm, we play outside. Half-day children are picked up at 12:30pm., and we begin naptime with a small circle and a story. Quiet activities and/or outdoor play is available for children as they wake up from their nap. Afternoon snack is served at 3:30 p.m. Afternoon activities are less structured and provide children with different choices until 4:45 p.m.. when we have circle time again to review the days activities and wind down.
(excerpted from website)