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Canyon View Child Development Center

12025 Yale Court
Irvine, CA 92620

(714) 730-5194


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Canyon View Child Development Center utilizes emergent curriculum strategies, along with High Scope curriculum that ensures that graduates enter Kindergarten with critical thinking and planning skills as well as the concrete tools they will need to succeed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Canyon View CDC provides children with a safe and nurturing environment where children can grow and flourish developmentally. Our devoted and encouraging staff members form partnerships with families, the community, classroom teachers and school staff in order to ensure that children's interests and needs are valued. In our fun, unique and diverse environment, children are welcome to explore and be their very best selves. Canyon View CDC is a place where children form meaningful relationships and develop new skills. Our team strives to create an environment that is supportive, is an extension of our families and the community, and one that continuously stimulates learning and development.

A Typical Day

Your child will arrive to school eager to jump right in and say hi to their teachers and peers. First, they will have some time to settle in to their special day with manipulatives, sensory activities and journal writing. Next, they will sit with their friends at our morning meeting, where they will interactively talk about concrete, tangible things in the environment that they can easily relate to, such as the weather and upcoming events or plans. From there, they will jump right in to an activity, which potentially could include ideas they have brainstormed at their morning meeting. After all that work, we're all ready for a break, so we ensure that sunscreen is liberally applied, and go outside. The yard is full of sensory tables, gross motor manipulatives such as large building blocks, sand trucks and balls. Once they have fully explored the great outdoors, it is time for them to wash their hands for snack. This is always a wonderful time for learning, whether it surrounds nutrition, counting, sorting or perhaps the introduction of new vocabulary words. The children now engage once again in the classroom in areas of their choosing. They may choose to dress up as a princess, or a pirate. Some will choose to write in their journals, or participate in a small group of children who are counting up the marbles in their estimation jar. Still others will choose to build with blocks, adding cars, people, or dolls to their project. Finally, it is our last gathering, where scheduled children have a chance for "sharing" in front of the group. When you get there, they won't even want to leave!


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We know how challenging it is for everyone when children exhibit signs of separation anxiety. We treat each family with care on a case by case basis, and more often than not, those same children don't want to leave at the end of the day!