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Miss Betty's Preschool & Child Care Center

840 Chestnut Avenue
Holtville, CA 92250

(760) 791-4794

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Children need to be recognized and appreciated for their unique abilities and personalities. Each child should be encouraged to work at a pace that is suitable to their age, personality, and awareness, and should be acknowledged for their achievements accordingly.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We try to work as a group with all children for a certain amount of time to give them the feeling of "sameness" and "unity". We also try to recognize the abilities of each individual child and encourage them to attempt skills according to those abilities. It is important to encourage them, but not expect too much, which will end up discouraging them.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We nurture childrens hearts through encouraging kindness and friendship, their minds through educational stimulation and kinder preparedness, and their souls through Chapel Time activities.
We are the only preschool in Holtville which provides such unique opportunities for classroom learning combined with the special "family" feel of a home-based center. It is truly the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!

A Typical Day

7:30am-8:30 am: arrival and free play
8:30 am: clean up and bathroom break
8:45-9:00: Breakfast
9:00-9:30: Chapel Time
9:30-10:15: Outdoor or structured play
10:15-11:30: Circle Time and Seat Work
11:30-12:00: Story time and lunch prep
12:00-12:30: Lunch
12:30: half/day children depart
12:30: Nap prep
1:00-3:00: Nap
3:00-3:15: PM Snack
3:15-5:30: Organized afternoon play activities

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a very family-like atmosphere. Parents feel free to call me at any time, or discuss any questions during drop-off or pick-up. We have occasional parent meetings to discuss upcoming events and/or issues. Their is a monthly newsletter describing the curriculum, etc. for the month. As a group, myself and the parents communicate via email routinely. The children are tested twice per year and the reports are sent home. I schedule meetings after hours for any parent who wishes to discuss these test results. I offer newsletters and updates for any "at-home" activities that I feel might be useful, or for any upcoming parent events that I think our families would enjoy. Also, we try to have several family events and field trips throughout the year to promote learning outside of the classroom, and to promote a sense of family amongst our clients. Our registration packet also contains vital information for parents in regards to our program.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer extra love and attention to any child who is having anxiety for any reason. Parents or grandparents are welcome to attend and participate at any time, especially if that will ease the anxiety of a child. With our family-like atmosphere, it hasn't been much of an issue for us.