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Ventura College Children's Center

4667 Telegraph Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 648-8930


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

Both traditional preschool family co-op programs are available. Both programs offer developmentally academic curriculum, with an emphasis on active, hands-on learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Ventura College has been providing high quality preschool education and child care services to the College and surrounding community since 1976. In addition, the program serves as a model and learning laboratory for college students preparing for careers in the field of early childhood education.

The core of the program's philosophy is belief in the importance of active, hands-on learning for young children and the understanding that the preschool years are a critical time for brain development; both ideas that have been verified through research. The program strives to nurture the whole child, providing a rich environment with a wide variety of activities designed to foster children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. Emphasis is placed on providing a positive first school experience as the first step toward a lifelong love of learning.

In order to meet the varying needs of the families served a variety of programs are offered, including a program for 2-year-olds, a traditional preschool program and a family co-op preschool program. The Center offers a flexible scheduling policy, with children able to attend anywhere from 8:30 - 11:30am, 2 mornings per week all the way to 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Classrooms are available for children who are not yet toilet trained. The Center is licensed by the California Department of Social Services, facility #561711563 and #561711564.