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Encino Presbyterian Children's Center

4963 Balboa Boulevard
Encino, CA 91316

(818) 788-9442


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Encino Presbyterian Children's Center, we believe each child is a unique individual. We strive to provide a loving, nurturing, and creative environment for all children. Our philosophy is based upon the principle that play is a significant mode of learning. In our curriculum planning we strive to provide developmentally appropriate experiences that encourage growth cognitively, emotionally, socially, creatively, physically and spiritually leading to a strong sense of self-esteem within each child.

We believe in providing a physical environment that is safe, clean, healthy and child-friendly. Classrooms are arranged to offer challenging play and learning choices at a range of developmental levels. EPCC's learning centers allow children the opportunity to explore, to experience, and most importantly... to succeed. Various centers include areas for creative expression through art, music and crafts; role playing, dramatic play and socialization; storytelling; story writing; language skills; and the development of pre-reading and pre-math skills.
The strength of the EPCC program is the experience, expertise and dedication of our staff. Throughout the U.S., the average annual turnover rate at child care centers is 40%. At EPCC our turnover rate has been less than 12% over the past 15 years! We support our teachers with ongoing training and resources. Our teachers create a caring and nurturing atmosphere and are truly dedicated.
Parents are still the most significant adult's in a child's life, and as a result, parents at EPCC play an important role in their child's school experience. We strive to create mutual respect between parents and teachers -- a partnership for the benefit of the child. We encourage regular communication between parents and staff. Our doors are always open to parents at all times.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school