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Glendale Adventist Medical Center Community Children's Center

1911 Waltonia Drive
Montrose, CA 91020

(818) 249-5816


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Our program is situated in the quiet and quaint town of Montrose. We have attained and maintained National Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We believe children and families should have access to the highest quality child care, and strive to provide it for our clients at all times.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our teaching staff utilize a nationally recognized curriculum to set up environments and wonderful opportunities for learning throughout the child's day. Activities are set up in all areas of the center that support each child's individualized development, incorporating a play-based philosophy with teacher guidance and oversight. We work diligently with each family to establish a team together for the benefit of each child.

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
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Fundamentals of Music and Movement class is included. Second language Chinese class is included in our preschool program. Dance and movement class is available.

From the Director:

The GAMC Children's Centers provide a warm and nurturing environment, which supports the developing child in reaching his or her full potential. We believe that each child is unique and should feel proud of their abilities, family, and culture. It is our job to promote positive interactions between parent and child. Our center attempts to mirror the home whenever possible, providing smaller 'family groups' within the classroom, softening the school environment, and providing ample choices for children to encourage independent thinking and an acquisition of new skills. Our curriculum is based on developmental theory. This means that we recognize that children move through sequential stages of development in a variety of skill areas and at varying speeds. A child's development may be quick in some areas and slower in others; however, all areas of growth are important and interrelated. Children need mastery at each level before moving on to the next. Therefore we place equal importance on all areas of development and tailor our program to meet individual growth needs. We believe that play is the natural mode of learning for the young child. The child develops feelings of competency and motivation for learning when provided with opportunities for play and individual choice. Learning occurs when the child is actively interacting with the materials of the environment. Through careful observation of play, teachers are able to assess development and add challenges or direction as needed to further individual growth. Teachers take their cues from children, forming an emergent curriculum based on each child's needs. Classroom teachers collaborate and together plan and implement daily programs that are reflective of the Accreditation criteria, meeting the developmental needs of each child in their care.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers utilize specific goals and objectives when implementing weekly curriculum, and track the these objectives throughout the year. Child observations and assessments help teachers determine how well these goals are met, and guide the teachers group and individual activity planning in a consistent fashion. These practices ensure the continual attention and best practices possible for each child and family outcome. Teacher's actions and procedures are guided and informed by NAEYC Accreditation Standards and Ethical Code of Conduct.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Children's Centers are proud to encompass the direct Mission of Glendale Adventist Medical Center: To share God's love with our community by providing healing and wellness for the whole person.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions