Preschool Program

CCCC offers preschool programs at: Growing Oaks and Lancaster.

Our programs for preschool and pre-K provide a wide variety of  developmentally-appropriate activities with a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated choices. Based on CCCC's philosophy and teachers' knowledge of the children in their care, our curriculum guides the cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth of each child. Our goals are:

  • to develop nurturing, positive relationships
  • to develop critical thinking skills
  • to provide the freedom to explore possibilities and test ideas
  • to provide a variety of reading, writing and math experiences

Examples of activities include:

  • Small group activity times - art, science, math and literacy
  • Creative, flexible activities planned by the teaching staff to meet the needs and interests of the children and promote development of growing skills, using themes and topics that relate to their lives
  • Free choice time - dress up, blocks, drawing, reading, dramatic play, painting, sensory table
  • Music - singing, exploration of music, movement
  • Field trips and outdoor adventures around the centers
  • Outside play - group games, ball skills, individual play, sandbox play, riding toys, and exploring the natural world
  • Story time
  • Nap or rest time

Learning occurs in the natural context of children's play, with teachers providing guidance and enhanced experiences to build on children's interests. Our programs focus on the development of social and emotional skills as the solid foundation for more academic skills in the future.

Here is an example of a preschooler's schedule:

7:00 - 8:30Arrival, free play
8:30 - 9:00Clean up, wash hands
9:00 - 9:30Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30Activity such as outside play, art projects, or time at a sensory table
10:30 - 10:45Circle time - calendar, songs, stories, sharing time
10:45 - 11:45Child's choice of activities such as table toys (puzzles, unifix cubes), books, home living, or blocks
11:45 - 12:00Clean up, wash hands
12:00-12:30Lunch
12:30 - 1:00Stories, story tapes, books
1:00 - 2:30Rest/nap
2:30 - 3:00Wake up, books, quiet activities
3:00- 3:30Snack
3:30 - 4:30Outside play
4:30 - 5:50Classroom activities such as playdough, legos, trucks, animals
5:50Go home