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Early Years Children's Center

1251 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Phone:
(925) 462-2202

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counting stations, scales, measurement, cups for liquids in our water play centers and sand box play
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • geoboards, pattern blocks & beads
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
  • hands on science centers that rotate activities
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • variety of music played in the background while the children play or rest
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • rope swings, hoops, balance boards, stompers, jump ropes, bowling sets, tetherball, frisbees
Other subjects taught cooking projects are used to develop hand eye coordination, expand on math concepts, expansion of the foods they consume in their world.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We adapt to the children's needs by placing the children in like groups. Divided by age initially, then adjustments are made for developmental needs. Each teacher then plans their group's activites to promote maximum exposure to the developmental skills for a child that age. We stair step learning, building a strong foundation for the next level of cognitive advancement and skill mastery.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that the experiences children have in their "early years" will create a part of who they are later in life. We expose the children to a number of mediums as we bring them along the developmental time line toward their formal education in elementary school. Early Years Children's Center uses a combination of traditional and developmental practices in our program. The teachers strongly believe in the children being responsible for their actions. Self directed and teacher directed activities are rotated to promote maximum learning oportunities.

A Typical Day

I would love to send you a full schedule of our day, just request a copy in a personal note to our email, or better yet, come on down and see for yourself what one of our days consists of. Oh and bring your little one, they want to see what is our there for them too!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The center has a monthly theme based curriculum and a "by age" set of goal sheets created by the Owner of the center. From these theme sheets and the goal sheets, the teachers create a lesson plan for the month for the children's activities that are developmentally appropriate. The highlights of the activities are then put on a calendar for the parents as well as the inclusion of a parent-teacher letter. Twice a year the teachers hold formal conferences with the parents to let them know exactly where their child is developmentally. The center publishes a newsletter each month. There is a Back to School Night held every fall. In the Pre-kindergarten program, there is a formal written Progress Report that goes home with the parents after each conference. A nice tool to determine whether a child is ready for Kindergarten at the local public or private school. There are parent bulletin boards in each classroom with pertinent information posted each month. We feel informed parents make better decisions about their child's educational future.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We feel that children need and crave consistency in their lives. To be able to predict what comes next brings comfort and security. So we encourage all of our new students to "visit" with their parent in the weeks prior to their staying by themselves. Make the calendar at home and talk about when they go to school by themselves when mom/dad goes to work/school/etc. EYCC staff works with parents to set a consistent schedules for their child as soon as possible. Same time drop off and pick ups. Creating a routine of "good bye". Then we patiently wait for the parents signal to "intervene" if necessary. We dont want to rush any parent and child saying goodbye, but we dont want to help you create a dramatic goodbye every day either. We take our lead from the parents. We also encouragge parents who left with a sobbing little one to call the center in a few minutes to check up on their little one. We encourage our parents to call the staff as often as they need during the teachers prep time to discuss their child's needs, prograss and successes.