From the Director:
PRECIOUS PEOPLE LEARNING CENTER is a Gold Seal, NAC Accredited pres-school and opened for business in January 1984. The Center is owned and operated by Barbra and Giuseppe Mastrota who relocated to Florida from England in 1995. The Centerâ€™s philosophy has always been to provide a setting for pre-school age children that foster learning and acceptable social behavior in a loving and caring environment. Our teachers are carefully selected for their ability to relate to children in a positive way. We believe that learning can be fun and practice this at Precious People Learning Center through activities that utilize music, arts & crafts, self expression and creative free play. Barbra Mastrota's credential's include a CDA for Child Care Center Operations, a CDA for Early Childhood Education, Director Credential - Foundation Level, CDA Equivalent - Child Care Operations. Education and completion of the mandated Department Of Children & Family 40 clock hours including 30 more hours for infant and toddler, special needs, and owner - operator classes. Department Of Education - Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Standards, Department Of Education - Emergent Literacy in the VPK Classroom. First aid and CPR are also kept current. Barbra is currently studying to complete a Bachelor's in Early Childhood at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater. Barbra has also sat on the Pinellas County License Board for childcare centers for two years as an advisory board member, and for a further for four years as a voting Board Member for child care licensed centers. Barbra is also the current Past President of the Pinellas Early Childhood Association and has sat on their board for 10 years in various board positions and is an advisor for Keiser College. The Center uses a spiral curriculum that is derived from a monthly theme and carried out throughout the various age groups at their level. This provides consistency and uniformity for the children. A monthly newsletter and a class calendar let parents know what their child is working on and special events coming up within the school. Two weekly reports describing your childâ€™s activities, feelings and projects for the day will be handed out during the week. Spanish is included as part of the daily curriculum. Precious People Learning Center believes that an important part of child care is communication. We strive to keep the parents informed of their childâ€™s progress and problems and we encourage parents in turn to talk to us about their concerns or satisfactions. Our open door policy lets parents become part of the school setting. We aim to be responsive to the individual needs of each child and family and we believe that you and your child will be happy at Precious People Learning Center.