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Irvine Valley College Child Development Center

5500 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 451-5484


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Center is developmentally oriented with primary emphasis on the individual child. Our classrooms are center-based with new activities planned regularly. Rooms are designed so that children have numerous choices within an environment of maximum learning opportunities. Our teachers act primarily as facilitators, encouraging and supporting children in a wide range of activities.

One of the highest priorities of the Center is to provide a quality, individualized curriculum that fosters the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of each child. Another essential component of the program is offering a safe, healthy and stimulating environment

Children take part in activites designed to help them explore their environment. The curriculum is planned to enable the children to experiment with a wide variety of materials at their own pace and to allow for maximum independence. The Center will provide a wide range of teaching and nurturing styles and together with a full selection of cultural and ethnic activities, offer a diverse curriculum.

We encourage a strong partnership between home and school and recognize that our role is to support parents during these critical early years. Communication between parents and staff in an essential component of the program. Serious changes in your life may affect your child; it is recommended, therefore, that you share these issues with the Center Director or assistant Directors. All sensitive issues will be kept confidential.

A Typical Day

"Time Activity
7:00 Center opens. Children arrive. Inside play. Opening Classroom changes each month.
8:30 Outside and Inside choice time. Learning Centers are open throughout the day. Children have the opportunity to explore a variety of environments, which change depending on interest of children. Morning activities may include: building, climbing, balls, bikes, books, crayons, sensory table, bubbles, painting and more!
9:30 Snack Time. Children wash hands, come inside and go into their own classrooms for a snack.
9:45-10am Children divide up into their small groups. One group stays inside and one group goes outside.
Inside choices include:
Learning Centers - Art Center (a variety of creative art materials), Block Center (a variety of building materials), Housekeeping Center (dramatic play), Manipulative Center (fine motor and cognitive activities), Science Center (pets and much more), and Math center. Group time includes: stories, songs, and music and movement activities.
Outside choices include:
Large muscle activities - bikes, balls, sand and water play, running, and climbing.
Messy sensory activities - painting, sensory table with a variety of materials, bubbles, and much more..
10:30/10:45 Clean up time inside.
10:45/11:00 Groups switch. Children who are outside come inside and children who are inside go outside.
12:00 Children begin lunch.
12:45 Book time on beds - Story tapes or relaxing music - rest time.
2:00 As children awaken they put their bed and blanket away, put on their shoes, go potty, wash hands and have snack.
Choices include: All Learning Centers, art or other sensory activities
3:30 Group Time may be offered to those interested. Prepare to go outside.
4:00 Outside/Inside Choice Time. 1 yard and 1 classroom opened. Yard and classroom changes from week to week so children have the opportunity to explore a variety of environments. Learning centers opened indoors and outdoors. Art activity set up.
5:30 Children come inside for group time and carpet activities. Light snack offered.
6:00 Center closes.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Two or More Regular Conferences