About Sequoia Children's Center Early Education School

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WHAT IS OUR PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY EDUCATION?

Quite simply, learning starts at birth. We believe in learning through play and being responsive to the needs and interests of each child at each age and stage of development.  We believe each child is to be recognized as a unique individual, nutured and educated with love, respect and dignity. We believe the rich diversity of this community, with various cultures and family structures, is a strength worth celebrating.  We want parents to be actively engaged in their child's learning.

Our child-centered programs, classrooms and playgrounds support integrated learning through play, hands-on exploration, and discovery, and social interaction with peers and adults. Our curriculum provides opportunities for growth and is based on what is known about early childhood development, beginning with infants and building through preschool. We utilize Baby Signs™, LearningGames™, Creative Curriculum™, and HighScope Curriculum™ as our framework, which have parent involvement components.  We partner with parents to understand their needs, and also to provide them with an understanding of child development, and their child's uniqueness.

We promote attitudes of respect, cooperation, and the understanding that every child’s differences make them unique and special. We support each child's social/emotional, cognitive and biophysical development  through energetic play, dynamic interpersonal interactions, and enrichment offerings, with our overarching goals to foster curiosity,  social skills, self-help skills, self-confidence, and a love for reading and learning.

OUR CLAIM: WE'RE BEST BY NAEYC TEST!

It's true, in July 2011 when we completed an extensive re-validation process by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, we received high commendations for frequently providing better care than NAEYC "Best Practices". NAEYC's quality standards embody the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. We improve our programs regularly.

OUR HISTORY

 

The Center was founded in 1985, as an infant care outreach service for working families, a Catholic Charities program. It was later adopted as a non-religious community service program, by the First United Methodist Church of Redwood City. Over the years, the number of local working families in need of year-round, full-day child care increased; programs and capacity have grown accordingly. During the past two decades, programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers were expanded and enhanced. Our landmark achievement, in 2006, was our initial 6 year accreditation, which was awarded after a careful self-study and improvement of our programs and several independent evaluator visits. See also NAEYC (National Academy for the Education of Young Children) . 

Over the recent decade, child development experts have determined  many factors which contribute to "school readiness" in children, which validate our underlying  philosophy. Most recently, the State of California delayed the entry age of kindergarten by three months; the Pre-K class now with older children, has been split into two formal classrooms, a "4 Year Old Preschool" for those turning 4 during the year, and the Pre-K class, aligned with the state birthdate requirements, for those who are 4 by September 2. The curriculum for the Pre-K class, has become more robust in the areas of math and science, and both the "4 Year Old Preschool" and the Pre-K are aligned with the California Department of Education's developmental goals and recommendations for kindergarten readiness. 

LICENSING

We are licensed through the California Department of Social Services for children between the ages of 2 months and 5 3/4 years old - or 5 years 9 months. (Licenses #410509027 and 410519042).

OPERATING SCHEDULE

We are open year-round from 7:00AM to 5:45 PM, Monday through Friday. We offer full-time (all day) and part-time (morning) enrollments. The Center is closed on National Holidays, one week during summer and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Our commitment to quality early education absolutely includes enrichment programs, since most of our parents work full time and would not otherwise be able to sign up their children for special programs through the parks & rec during the day. Special enrichments to our basic programs, at no additional cost, include: Spanish immersion circle time, gymnastics, music, and sign language (soccer for Pre-K), and sign language.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parent involvement with their children's school is absolutely essential for a high quality program. We therefore ask all parents to participate in activities, parties and field trips, twenty hours per year per family.

Sequoia Children's Center Location

1234 Brewster Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94061

(650) 369-5277

Open Monday - Friday
7:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Closed on major holidays

Sequoia Children's Center offers programs for Infant, Toddler Option, Toddler and Pre-School.