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Neighborhood Christian Center (Pomeroy Ave.)

887 Pomeroy Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051

(408) 984-3418


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Uninterrupted Hands on environment with teacher led activities throughout the day. Children are ability taught rather than age. They are group in blended age groups with 1.5 age ranges.

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
  • music phonics, clay, story puzzles, social games, Windmill
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Jellic Math and Language
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • world music, singing, lessons
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • open ended and close ended cultural art
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
  • mountain to roll from, park type
Other subjects taught "We strive to raise each child's self-esteem through experiences such as gardening, music, cooking, art, drama, language, math, science, cultural studies, large motor play and social development in free play. Chapel time." Extracted from

From the Director:

"To help children learn to appreciate cultural differences, we teach Culture in Class. Children learn about various cultures through their 5 senses. We first start with the Native American Nations[4 per year] then proceed to the cultural background of our students and staff. We add more countries to make our way around the globe in one year. It is truly a sensory journey. All subjects include a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that promote social integration. The playground was designed to enhance social experiences. Music is taught in two sections: Music and Movement and Music Fundamentals. Cooperative cooking projects, group art, community play centers and other such opportunities are other components of the program. Community interaction and awareness are also important for the preschool experience. Visits from community service groups and other professionals provide social and community awareness.In addition each group recycles every Friday to 'Share with the World'. All funds are donated to the Mission of the class. Missions that better the lives of children are choosen. Pictures of the Mission is kept on a special board in the room. Classroom rotation is practiced between the hours of 8:30 - 11:30 am. This is our Traditional Preschool time. Students rotate once--see schedule under buildings. Staff is hereby only responsible to plan for three subjects which are developed on an expanded basis." Extracted from

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

"The greatest teacher was a mom/dad who was increadibly passionate about their child to experience this world. We hired her and many like her and encouraged them to continue their education. Teachers are born and take classes to enhance and refine their learning. I was blessed to have such parents and now we are blessed to such teachers."

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that each child was created by God and is unique in an extra special way. All children learn through play. We provide a hands-on environment that will expose each child to various developmental sensory experiences. We have an emergent curriculum which merges the social play and academic growth of the child. We are passionate about children and sustainable living and are so blessed to share both.

A Typical Day

am--Open Centers-Snack-Sessions: Circle Time, Music, Story, Language, Jellic, Windmill, SPA, Culture Class, Culinaria,Gardening, Green Living: Indoor and Outdoors acc. to weather.

pm--Lunch--Rest--Open Centers--Sessions: Snack, Story Time, Jellic, Circle Time, SPA,Music, Culture Class, Art, Gardening:Indoor and Outdoors acc. to weather.

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Children did not ask to come into this world. Yet, too often they are over stimulated or under stimulated. Many times they are entrusted into a stressed and hurried home. At NCC we strive to provide each and every child with at least two hugs, a great listening ear, a genuine smile, healthy environment that happily challenges their own learning pace in a natural/family setting."

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Every child's adjustment is different. We encourage parents to visit often before their "first day".
Extra caregivers are provided to ease the change and "walk" them through their adjustments.