About Sequoia Children's Center Early Education School

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WHAT IS OUR PHILOSOPHY OF EARLY EDUCATION?

Quite simply, learning begins at childbirth. To facilitate learning, we are responsive to the needs and interests of each child at each age/stage of development and address all areas of development: social/emotional, physical and intellectual. We serve and celebrate the great diversity of the people of the Bay Area and their cultures and family structures, as each child is recognized as a unique individual to be nurtured and educated with love, respect and dignity.

We employ developmentally appropriate practices, including curriculum, toys, materials and furnishings. Our programs, classrooms and playgrounds support active learning through play, exploration, and discovery; social interaction, and hands on activities. Our curriculum is based on what is known about early childhood development, beginning with infants and building through preschool using Baby Signs™, LearningGames™, Creative Curriculum™, and HighScope Curriculum™ as our guidelines. Our families are embraced, as we partner with parents to help them gain 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 the development of each child in learning self-help skills, self-confidence, curiosity, 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

As childcare in the U.S. has evolved in its emphasis toward early education, so has Sequoia Children's Center. The Center was founded in 1985, as an infant care outreach for working families, a Catholic Charities program. It was later adopted as a community service program, non- religious, 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. In the early 1990's, again in 2005, and twice in 2013, programs and environments 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) .

Progress has not been easy, however. After the dot.com crash in 2000, many of the Center's young "tech" families were caught suddenly unemployed, forced to leave the area. The prolonged wait for new families to enroll, was almost impossible for the Center to endure! After two years of recession, and reaching the point of "do or die", there was a "last ditch effort" to request a grant from the United Way of the Bay Area, who carefully scrutinized the application before providing the award. The sum we received was sufficient for us to establish a grass-roots local marketing incentive program to increase enrollment, which was engineered by our Parent Advisory Board. Over the years, foundations, grants, and our parents have repeatedly been our best resources for our renovations and improvements, such as: classrooms, playgrounds, computers, teacher training, and teacher materials.

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 PARTICIPATION

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 for two parent families; ten hours for single parents.

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.