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Children's Cottage

1078 East Avenue
Napa, CA 94559

(707) 224-3825


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our school is run like a large loving family
We believe that a child care center is a place where children LIVE. After all, they spend a lot of time there. Their best friends are there. Our center in the Alta Heights east side of the city of Napa is our one and only location. We are there and parents and children can see us and talk to us. We don't have to check with the "corporate headquarters" to make a decision. We ARE the corporate headquarters. We think childhood is a fun time and we want to have fun as we play and learn about life.
A child-centered experience
Mary's successful philosophy is based on the theories of Piaget and Montessori. The curriculum is child directed. "This teaches the children by getting them to be actively involved in projects and learning offered at our center. The children are like little scientists. When they really want to understand something, they will be much more receptive to learning."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Pre-School Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 Children arrive, are warmly greeted, have breakfast and free play
8:00-10:00 Free play continues, usually outside in good weather
10:00 Snack
10:20 Circle—Each teacher takes her group to their room and has circle
10:45 Related activity—art, cooking, etc.
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Clean up, bathroom, and down on mats for story
12:15-2:30 Nap taken with soft music playing
2:30 Bathroom and diapers — shoes are put back on
Outside or inside play in Learning Centers
3:20 Cleanup—Music, singing with guitar and fingerplays
4:00 Outside play
4:45 Clean up—bathroom & diapers—get children's artwork & things together
5:00-6:00 Quiet storytime and possible late snack until parents arrive
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
  • 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