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La Crescenta Presbyterian Church - Center For Children

2902 Montrose Avenue
La Crescenta, CA 91214

(818) 249-8124


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We provide care for infants through afterschool care up to 6th grade. We are a year round program. We are open 7 am - 6pm and provide meals. Tours are given daily, no appointment necessary.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our mission is to provide quality child care that is nurturing, respectful, and educational, reflecting Christ’s love to the children and thier families. We strive to be mindful of all facets of the whole child. Want peace of mind while you work? Children ages 6 weeks through 6th grade find a home away from home with age appropriate activities. Transportation to and from public schools, holiday and summer camps! Find a schedule that meets your needs.

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 more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
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
Other subjects taught We have both a dance and Karate instructure that comes on campus for lessons. Our children attend chapel and are visited by our Director of Children's Ministry.

From the Director:

Our Goals To provide developmentally appropriate activities that allow children freedom to explore new ideas and concepts. To provide a physical environment that challenges both mind and body. To provide a Christian climate that teaches God’s love and forgiveness. To provide a warm, nurturing and trained staff committed to building your child’s emotional, physical, mental and spiritual self.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work together to come up with an education plan for the classroom as well as each child in their program. Our developmetal forms that our filled out twice a year, guide the staff in making a plan for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are committed to providing quality child care from infants to our school age students. We believe that children need first and foremost to be children. Recognizing their talents, skills and intelligence we provide developmentally appropriate curriculum that allows them to learn through play, social interaction, discovery and instruction.

A Typical Day

Children are given long periods of time both iniside and on our 5 playgrounds to encourage deep play that encourages exploration. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack is served. Children 2 and older attend chapel 2x a month. Our preschool - school age classes also plan field trips as part of their yearly plan.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We seek to provide a partnership with parents in the educating of their children through parent
conferences, parent education, family events,daily reports for infants, emails, phone calls and newsletters

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are welcome to visit the center with their children prior to starting the program. Parents may remain with their children at drop off until the parent decides that it is time to go. Our staff are ready to help both parent and child at separation time and will help the child make that tranisition.