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Childtime Learning Centers (Mira Mesa)

8111 New Salem St.
San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 586-0721


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We know that children learn best when they’re actively engaged. We recognize that children are naturally curious. We know they learn critical science, math, reading and writing concepts through hands-on, sensory-oriented activities. Childtime’s unique The Empowered Child™ curriculum gives children the guidance – and the freedom – to construct their own body of knowledge in ways most meaningful to them. Childtime’s The Empowered Child™ curriculum, designed by early education specialists, is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning and is based on the work of respected child development/early education theorists Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky. The Empowered Child™ principles follow the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). (excerpted from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Every child has an itch to explore or an urge to emote. And, at Childtime, that’s okay. You see, our whole philosophy is built around empowering children to learn in their own ways, at their own pace, exploring their own interests.

In Childtime’s homelike surroundings, children feel safe and free to explore and discover. Our experienced and caring teachers encourage children to express their ideas and feelings in the ways they are most comfortable, deepening their knowledge and freeing them from the fear of mistakes and failures. (From Corporate Website)

A Typical Day

(30-36 months) Early Learner's Program

8:15 Your daughter runs to the Pretend Center and “makes breakfast.”
9:15 Group time. The class gets a preview of the day to come — sounds like fun!
9:40 Sliding and skipping outside burns off a little excess energy.
10:15 Time for a snack. Fruit, cheese and crackers make a great combination.
10:30 During a “Five Senses Fairy Tale,” your daughter tells what senses the Three Bears used to discover Goldilocks.
11:00 They try to describe objects hidden in a box, using their sense of touch.
11:45 Time for lunch! A nutritious meal is served family-style.
12:15 Quiet, please. It’s time for some rest.
2:30 There’s so much more to do! But first, some milk and cookies.
2:45 The children make up a play and, to play the princess, your daughter creates a crown from foil and ribbon.
3:15 The play is a huge success — they want to videotape it next time!
3:45 A one and a two — the kids make up new dance steps to “Hokey Pokey.”
4:30 Time to talk about what they’ve done and learned today — a lot!
5:45 You arrive to take your princess home, still wearing her tin-foil crown.

(Excerpted from Corporate website, one of several scenarios for different age groups)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Extensive information regarding home/school connection opportunities and resources may be found on the Childtime website,, under the tab for parents.