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Lake Tahoe Community College

1 College Dr
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-4524

(530) 541-4660


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our philosophy is based on the belief that children learn through play. The LTCC Child Development Center (CDC) provides a hands-on, developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the needs of the children as a group and each child as an individual. The staff works closely with each family to assess the child’s and the family’s needs within the child care setting.

The CDC provides a safe and nurturing environment where children can trust their caregivers. The curriculum addresses the development of the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of each child. We believe that children become independent learners by having flexible, open-ended equipment and materials easily accessible to them. In recognition of this, the program encourages active exploration and free choice in a richly equipped learning center environment.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Toddler Room Schedule
7:30 a.m. School opens, children meet in preschool room
8:30 Toddlers move into toddler room and breakfast is served
8:50 Children wash up and have diapers changed; free play
9:40 Circle time
10:00 Morning snack
10:15 Planned activities, inside or outside
10:45 Diapers are changed and hands washed
11:15 Lunch is served, washing up, brushing teeth, prep for nap
11:45 Naptime
1:30 p.m. As children wake up - diapering and quiet free play activities or outside play
2:45 Wash up for snack
3:00 Afternoon snack
3:30 Diapers changed
4:00 Circle time
4:15 Planned activity
4:45 Wash up for snack
5:00 Light snack
5:15 Free play until pick up
5:30 Diapers changed
6:30 Center closes

Preschool Room Schedule
7:30 a.m. School opens, free play
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Potty/Diapers
9:30 Circle time
9:45 Small group time
10:00 Free choice time
10:30 Table time activities
11:00 Potty/diapers, clean up
11:10 Outside time
Noon Wash hands, circle time
12:15 Lunch
12:45 Naptime
2:30 Waking up, put blankets away, potty/diapers, quiet play
3:05 Clean up, wash hands and set tables for snack
3:15 Afternoon snack
3:30 Circle time
3:45 Large motor activities
4:30 Small motor activities
5:00 Free play
5:15 Potty/diaper
6:30 Center closes

Excerpted from the preschool's website