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Columbia Childrens Center

840 East Stowell Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 922-5437


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We believe that Children have the right to a nurturing, safe environment where they can feel comfortable and secure. We believe that Children have a right to develop to their maximum abilities and that teachers have the responsibility to provide opportunities for this development to occur. We recognize that each Child is an individual and that each Child must be allowed to develop at his or her own pace. We accept and respect differences between Children including developmental and physical differences and differences in racial and ethnic heritages. Every Child regardless of sex, race, religion or ethnic origin must have the same opportunities and advantages as every other Child. We believe each Child has the right to develop a positive self image- to feel good about who they are. We sincerely hope that in treating each Child with love and respect, they in turn will learn to treat others with that same love and respect. We believe that Children learn best through active participation with their environment and that the teacher's job is to provide a variety of opportunities and experiences to promote growth in all areas. We strive to thoughtfully plan activities that meet the developmental needs of differing Children and which follow sound early Childhood developmental principles.

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 Beginning Spanish, Sign Language & Zoo Phonics