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Happy Days CDC

220 Blake Avenue, #C
Santa Clara, CA 95051

(408) 296-5770


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

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 Karate|Chinese, Japanese, Indian culture|Drama|Gymsters|Ballet, Arts & Crafts, Math, Story time, Reading skills, Cooking, Phonics, Writing skills, Music

From the Director:

Welcome to the Problem Solving class! The pre-K room was designed to help develop the intellectual, emotional, creative, physical, and social skills of each child at his or her own pace through: Learning and Thinking - fosters the child's initiative and active exploration of materials and engagement with other children by posing problems, asking open ended questions, and making suggestions. (ex: writing letters and numbers, phonics, a wide variety of art projects, and group projects.) Interactive Activities - includes pretend play at the doll area, reading books, working at the supermarket, putting on a puppet show, discovering physics at the block area, a hands on experiment at the science area, playing a musical instrument, solving puzzles and playing educational games on the computer. Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our study program and education approach are based on the theory of Jean Piaget, and his research, which focuses mainly on the intellectual/conceptual development of the child. Piaget claims that an adequate environment will enhance the child's inner motivation to investigate, understand, learn, and overcome hurdles he encounters. This self-study equips the child with adequate tools to cope with his daily living surroundings.

The child passes from one intellectual/conceptual stage to another when ready, in a natural way, at his own pace; all of this on condition that we supply him the 'appropriate materials' and a surrounding, supportive of his inquiries.

We see of the utmost importance in the physical form and organization with the class: Esthetics (which we will develop in the children) and play, study and imagination centers will merge in harmonic flow and act as catalytic factors that will motivate, provide, and provoke the child to new and varied experiences. These experiences will broaden and find the intellectual, mental, creative, and social development of the child.
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A Typical Day

"The daily schedule is organized to allow for alternating periods of active and quiet time. The energy flows all day long, and by the time you pick up your child, there is so much to share and show. "

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Online newsletter
Back to school nights
Parent conferences
Individual parent counseling on request
Field trips
Parent bulletins

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Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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