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Little Sunshine House CDC

1814 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813

Phone:
(562) 435-1300

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Little Sunshine House CDC we are here to provide the best care and early education for young children. We draw inspiration from the Reggio approach, as well as, from current research. It is our desire to provide a balance of intellectual stimulation, emotional support and physical nurturance for your child.
While it may look like ‘play’ it is our philosophy that experimentation, exploration and questioning are the natural mode of learning for the young child. In Play the Mind is Always Busy.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule
Little Sunshine House CDC
6:30 – 7:30 Inside Play of Choice
7:30-8:00 Outside Time Play of Choice
8:00-8:30 Breakfast & Tooth Brushing
8:30-9:00 Group Meeting to include: stories, flannel board, songs, music and movement activities
9:00-10:30 Planned Curriculum to include: art, science, pre-reading, and small motor and fine motor activities. Small group activity throughout the week that is specific to children’s interest.
10:30-11:00 Snack with Group Time for Reflection of Morning Activities
11:00-12:00 Outdoor Choice Time to include: science, art, and exploratory activities, as well as, games and large motor skill development
12:00-12:15 Clean Up and prepare for Lunch
12:15-12:40 Lunch Time
12:40-1:00 Prepare for Rest Time: brush teeth, set out nap matt, read quietly
1:00-3:00 Rest Time: sleep, read stories and/or quiet activities such as puzzles
2:30-3:30 Snack and Activities (may be set-up outside)
3:30-4:00 Group Meeting to include: stories, flannel board, songs, music and movement activities
4:00-5:00 Outdoor Free Choice Time to include: science, art, and exploratory activities, as well as, games and large motor skill development
5:00-6:00 Closing and Departures

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There are many ways for parents to be involved in their child’s preschool experience. Parents may volunteer in the A.M or P.M program. There is a sign-up with times and activities; before volunteering parents will meet with the Director for a brief orientation. As many parents work full-time there are bi-monthly evening pot-lucks that allow the parents, their children and the teachers a relaxed opportunity to get together and share.
Monthly parent meeting are not required but will be hosted by Little Sunshine house on the second Tuesday of the month.
In addition, two Saturday’s a year are dedicated to maintaining the preschool. Parents are required to fulfill 4 volunteer hours a year. Hours are completed on an individual bases.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on