ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

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Program Basics

AGES: 2.5 YEARS - 6 YEARS

HOURS OPEN: 8:00AM - 5:00PM, M-F

CAPACITY: 12 CHILDREN

TEACHER:STUDENT RATIO 1:4

MEALS: CHILD BRINGS LUNCH & WATER BOTTLE TO SCHOOL

NAP: ALL CHILDREN BRING NAP MATS FOR REST OR NAP TIME

SNACKS OFFERED: 2 ORGANIC SNACKS PER DAY

POTTY TRAINING: NOT REQUIRED

WE ARE A NUT-SENSITIVE FACILITY

FIELD TRIPS: EACH SEMESTER

OPEN ALL YEAR

Our programming for ages 2.5 to "kindergarten ready" aims to cultivate children’s innate ability to create and wonder. Our preschool offers flexible half- or full- day programs up to 5 days a week for the entire calendar year.

SLCC is a Reggio-inspired and creativity-focused preschool, informed by the latest research in early childhood education. Our program creates hands-on, play-based and collaborative opportunities for children to stretch their imagination and employ problem-solving skills such as flexibility of thought and self-regulation on a regular basis.

Environment & Teacher Ratios

The SLCC classroom is a unique and intimate environment where children feel at home and safe enough to take social-emotional risks with their new peers and teachers. The classroom lends itself to the best of both worlds: an intimate home-like environment and high-quality, research-backed early education.

We offer hands-on, collaborative, and messy explorations in both our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Children spend equal parts of their day exploring indoor materials and mingling with nature outside. The class experience is intimate and personal with 3 teachers and 12 children during our Regular Day programming. Our Extended Day programming has 2 teachers staffed at all times.

Mixed-Age Learning

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SLCC values a mixed-age learning environment where children gain collaborative opportunities to learn from and model prosocial, motor, and cognitive skills for each other. From these exchanges, the children cultivate a sense of community and care for each other and their school. Our mixed-age classroom is designed to foster continuity of care, where our youngest children begin and end their preschool years with the same educators and peers in the same classroom environment. This builds strength in peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student relationships, socio-emotional safety, confidence, and risk-taking. The teachers gain deeper understanding of their students’ developmental needs as the years progress and design individual learning goals for each child based on their well-developed relationship.

Parent Partnership

[A Parent Expert facilitates a musical recording project in small groups.]

Additionally, we value a strong parent partnership as a school community. At SLCC, families have regular opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, share their family cultures during their child's Culture Share, and have the resources they need for implementing the best early childhood practices at home after attending our quarterly Parent Roundtables.

In an effort to bring our families and children together, SLCC hosts various family picnics, feasts, and potlucks through out the school year on campus and at our local park. Our doors are always open to help support our parents. Our priority is to make your child's first years of education a success and full of joy and creativity.

[Family Culture Share]

[Family Culture Share]

[Presenting hand-made gifts to our mamas during our annual Mothers Day Breakfast.]

[Presenting hand-made gifts to our mamas during our annual Mothers Day Breakfast.]

[Parent Roundtable on “Tantrums” with Guest Kimberley Blaine, LMFT]

[Our special guest Janet Landsbury facilitated our Spring Parent Roundtable discussing the topics of self-agency, tantrums, sibling rivalry, and violence.]

[Our special guest Janet Landsbury facilitated our Spring Parent Roundtable discussing the topics of self-agency, tantrums, sibling rivalry, and violence.]


A Typical Day at SLCC

Children are greeted in the morning with open-ended provocations for inquiry. They then gather for our morning meeting to greet each other, discuss any salient wonders they might have, and plan for our upcoming projects.

Concurrently, a morning meeting might involve the use of other languages, mindful meditation, yoga, or music. The children spend equal parts of their day investigating the many natural wonders outside and developing small-group projects inside the classroom’s various micro-environments including the art atelier, building rug, music center, dramatic area, and STEM tables. Take a look at our Daily Flow for more details.

[Self-portraiture study.]

[Self-portraiture study.]


Extended Day Enrichment

Our afternoons are dedicated to enhancing the children's school experiences with specialized enrichment opportunities that vary through out the week and are informed by the children's interests. For example, during our spring 2018 semester, the children invested their afternoons in researching, designing, and planting a school garden. This project stemmed from the children's palpable interest in our natural environment, conversations about vegetables during lunch-time, and the joy observed during our outside investigating with insects, mud, and various plants.

[Pasta atelier]

[Pasta atelier]

Additionally, SLCC has the pleasure of working beside a cooking specialist once a week for an Atelier Di Cucina experience. Atelier Di Cucina translates from the Italian language to "kitchen workshop". Our specialist facilitates a weekly cooking-appreciation experience with the children who are enrolled in Extended Day every Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. During this experience, children are introduced to the various fine-motor skills of cutting, pouring, mixing, and the myriad other techniques required to cook and bake. Additionally, the Atelier Di Cucina entices our senses and provides rich and meaningful tactile, olfactory, and sensorial experiences for our children. We learn the value of growing our own food, harvesting our ingredients, and communing in the kitchen as a collaborative group.

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2019-2020 School Year Calendar

2019

Sept 6 Start of Fall SLCC Families Playdate

Sept 9 First Day of Fall Semester

Oct 14 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday

Oct 31 SLCC Families Halloween Parade

Nov 11 Veterans’ Day Holiday

Nov 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

Dec 19 SLCC Families Winter Potluck Feast

Dec 23-Jan 3 Winter Break

2020

Jan 6 First Day of Winter Semester

Jan 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

Jan 24 Chinese New Year Potluck Lunch

Feb 17 Presidents’ Day Holiday

April 6-10 Spring Break

April 13 First Day of Spring Semester

April 22 SLCC Families Earth Day Picnic

May 8 Mothers’ Day Breakfast

May 25 Memorial Day Holiday

June 12 Fathers’ Day Breakfast

June 18 Last Day of School

June 19 Graduation & Picnic at SLCC

June 22-July 3 Summer Break

July 6 Summer Camp Session 1 (4 weeks)

Aug 3 Summer Camp Session 2 (4 weeks)

Aug 31-Sept 4 Fall Break

Sept 7 Labor Day Holiday

Sept 8 Start of Year SLCC Families Playdate

Sept 9 First Day of Fall Semester

*School will be closed during all noted breaks and any dates marked as a holiday. During the months of July and August, SLCC programming will be offered in the form of two Summer Camp Sessions. Regular preschool programming will resume in the fall semester.


Daily Flow

8:00-9:30 Early Arrivals & Morning Provocations

9:30-9:45 Morning Meeting

9:45-10:30 Project-Time & Small-Groups

10:30-11:00 Story-time, Wash-up & Snack

11:00-12:00 Outdoor Explorations

12-12:30 Wash-up & Lunch

12:30-12:40 Music, Movement & Mindful Meditation

12:45-1:45 Rest & Quiet Choices

1:30-2:00 Open Snack

2:00-3:30 Outdoor Explorations

2:30 Regular Day Pick-up & Goodbyes

2:30-5:00 Extended Day Enrichment Programs

3:30-4:00 Wash-up & Snack

4:00-4:45 Enrichment Project & Small-Groups

4:45-5:00 Clean-up & Story-Time

Atelier di Cucina Wednesdays 4:00-4:45

Art & Literacy Discoveries Thursdays 4-4:45