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Lake Carolina Early Learning Center

41 Helton Drive
Columbia, SC 29223

(803) 419-8858


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We follow the Constructivist Theory. Our approach is a combination approach. Some times are child directed and other times are teacher directed. We also teach Phonics.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Its not uncommon to have many children on an individual education plan at the preschool age. We work with parents to create goals for children. We use assessments as a guide and create lesson plans based on those assessments. We take the "whole" child into consideration when creating individual education plans.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Lake Carolina Early Learning Center is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. It will provide experiences that enrich and enhance each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Within the center's daily schedule, each child has opportunities to, be creative, explore the environment, learn problem solving and personal interaction skills and to learn concepts through first-hand experiences. Children develop a positive selfconcept through a balance of self and teacher-directed activities. Our staff members serve as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child's individual needs. We respect parents as the primary and most important provider of care and nurturing, and we believe parents and teachers are partners in children's care and education.

A Typical Day

Typical daily activities in our classrooms may include:
-Plan-do-review time
-Small-group time
-Large-group time
-Outside time
-Transition times
Eating and resting times

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication is very important in any school. We encourage parents to speak to their childs teachers every day. We have daily reports in our classrooms and we also welcome phone calls. We love to know whats happening in your life and we enjoy talking with you. Parent conferences are made informally and formally.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We start with a graduated entry program. We encourage parents to start their children off slowly with a short visit. We then gauge each childs reaction. If they had a lot of separation anxiety, we may request more short visits. However, if the child did very well we may request a longer visit or even move right into a full day. Our teachers all have strategies for introducing each child to the class and the class to each child.