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La Canada-Flintridge Community Center Preschool

4469 Chevy Chase Drive
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

(818) 790-8687


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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
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • labels on classroom objects, the kids' names on boards and cubbies
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • objects to count and sort
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Activities and toys that show cause and effect
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music program for the 3's, 4's and pre-k classes
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • clay and play-doh
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
  • We have a grocery store and a gas station/garage stocked with play food and tools. We also have a tire swing.
Other subjects taught Music Program

From the Director:

Our 'Dance and Jingle' music program is lead by a wonderful music therapist. She tells and sings stories involving the children with rhythm instruments, singing and movement. After each music session, she relays information about the children's achievements and concerns to each teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers work closely with the parents of children who are 'behind', 'excelling' or 'different' from the majority of students. The teachers utilize techniques that the parents have found are successful at home and arrangements can be made for the parent to bring in their own expert to make the learning experience for their child as successful and positive as possible. Also, all of the classroom activities are very accommodating towards all skill levels.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool strives to provide a warm, safe and nurturing atmosphere with a wide variety of age appropriate activities designed to promote the social, intellectual, physical and emotional aspects of learning. Our teachers work to create an environment for the children to learn through active exploration and discovery. We stretch their imaginations and extend their learning by stimulating their thinking.

A Typical Day

At the start of each day, each child is welcomed into the classroom by his or her teachers. The child can choose from several different activities set up in the room, such as imaginitive play, an art project, cooking with a teacher, listening to music, reading books, etc. During this time, the teachers spend time with each child, chatting about the activity they have chosen. The children spend one hour each day on the play yard which has a variety of structures to climb on, sand toys, water activities, tricycles and a wonderful child-sized grocery store and mechanics garage filled with toy food and tools. The children are given a nutritious snack provided by the school and careful attention is given to those who have food allergies and other special dietary concerns. The children also have 'rug time' to foster listening skills and their activities and stories are centered around a specific unit or theme.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our parent communication occurs on many different levels. We provide newsletters from each classroom, informational parent meetings in the evening, a beginning of the school year social and parent in-services with experts in the field of child development. Parents can openly communicate with teachers at drop-off and pick-up times and can arrange meetings with the teachers or director at any time. There is also a parent-teacher conference once a year. We also offer speech and language screening to interested families.We also provide guidance as to whether a child may benefit from a pre-kindergarten program or a regular kindergarten program.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have extra staff and the director in the classrooms to help the lead teacher. The classrooms are always set up before the children arrive with many enticing activities and the teachers help direct the children towards the activities. Reluctant children are encouraged to observe the others at play and children with more serious separation anxiety get gentle one-on-one attention with much reassurance. Parents are asked to say goodbye by 9:10am so that their child may accomplish the task of separation quickly and with greater success.