Language(s) spoken with children by staff: English
Social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum or approach: Yes
Educational philosophy or approach: We believe children learn best through play and exploration; through using everyday opportunities to practice and build on their skills and abilities, teaching them self-motivation and self-direction. While some observers may say that the children are “just playing”, when one takes a closer look, they will find that through building with blocks, children work on coordination and small muscle skills, social skills of communicating with friends, and hand-eye coordination, to name a few things. Through dramatic play/dress up, children work on modeling of adults’ behaviors, refining their small muscle coordination, cognitive and social skills, large muscle coordination, and more. Each activity and experience provides the child opportunities to practice and grow in their skills and varying abilities. Our role is to provide activities that enhance the child’s natural curiosity and interest level. It is important to encourage children to participate in a variety of individual and group activities designed to develop language, enhance physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth, skills and attitudes. We believe that play is a very important part of a developmentally appropriate early childhood program. Play is a child’s work. It is the young child’s way of reaching out to learn about the world around them. In our program, children have uninterrupted periods of play time in which to enjoy self-chosen activities. With a variety of materials, children are encouraged to work out individual ideas and foster their creativity. We feel that good communication between parent and provider is a very important part of a quality early childhood program. Because of this, we are committed to creating a strong bond with you and your child, helping to ensure the best start to your child’s life. Our goal is that you feel completely confident and reassured when you leave your child in our care. Each child is different, unique, and special and will be treated as such.
Years in operation: 15
Unique programs: Our program strives for building a strong sense of community with staff, families and their children. Our staff is the first part of our Priceless Treasures family and we believe having a connection with our families help the children to feel comfortable so they can explore, develop, and learn at their own pace in our program. We are fortunate to have well educated early childhood professionals who feel it is their purpose to help children learn and grow. They understand the importance of community here at Priceless Treasures.
Other services provided: Referrals to service providers such as WESD,Parenting education,Parent volunteer opportunities,Family nights
Type of program setting: Center-based preschool
Mode of learning: In-person instruction
Bilingual preschool program: No
Extended care (before and/or after the Preschool Promise day) available: Yes
Experience or specialized training: Children with developmental delays or disabilities, children who have experienced trauma/ACEs, dual language learners, children with a physical disability, children with sensory needs, children with specialized diets or feeding, children in foster care, children with alternative communication systems