Beginning in 1974, California Lutheran Early Childhood Center has always been rooted in the Lutheran tradition of education that emphasizes Christian faith and principles. The center provides a hands-on experiential learning environment for infants, toddlers and children, ages newborn - 6 years of age. In a loving, nurturing atmosphere each child has long periods of uninterrupted free time to explore and engage in activities that are meaningful to her/him. In our certified Outdoor Nature Explore Classroom, a child has many opportunities to involve all the senses as he/she explores nature.
Curriculum goals enable every child to construct a knowledgeable, confident self identity; to develop comfortable, empathetic, and just interaction with diversity; and to develop critical thinking and the skills for standing up for oneself and others in the face of injustice. We believe this will help each child develop into a self-confident, flexible, creative, and joyful person.
Our center, in using a developmental and emergent approach, asks its teachers to act as facilitators, to be in the middle but never in the way. By asking open-ended questions our staff begins to build a child's sense of self and independence when the child realizes he/she can find solutions and accomplish tasks.
We build on the cognitive development of each child by providing many opportunities for risks and challenges. In this Christian setting we seek to empower each child to begin to see how special and talented he/she is. The center is licensed for fifty children on a daily basis. Because of this, the staff is able to form a personal relationship with each family.
Our outdoor environment has been certified by Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Research Foundation as a Nature Explore Classroom. We are recognized for our committment to connecting children with nature. Please visit the link to our slideshow gallery of pictures as the children enjoy and explore all the wonders of their natural surroundings.