Spirit Child Development Center is based on the philosophy that each child is unique, and should be presented with opportunities that promote positive cognitive, social, and physical development. Each child’s individuality is embraced and treated with respect.
Our program is based on the premise that when children are presented with innovative learning experiences in a classroom setting, they are empowered by them, ultimately building young children who are self confident and desire to explore a world of possibilities.
We are committed to the provision of the optimal environment to promote a positive learning environment for the children. This includes maintaining the cleanliness of the physical space, providing an environment that is rich with print and materials that encourages each child’s imagination and cognition, and a number of opportunities for enrichment, including on and off site field trips, gymnastics, weekly music and Spanish programs.
At the center, attention is focused on the development of the ‘whole child’. Each child is viewed as an individual with a unique physical and mental growth pattern. Our staff members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with each child placed in their group; therefore knowing their patterns of growth and development. This familiarity enables the staff to take children from one skill level to the next in a way that is accessible, interactive, and fun.
The curriculum includes child and teacher directed activities with the ultimate goal of developing children who are academically, socially, intellectually, and physically prepared for the next educational phase of their lives.
The program also offers opportunities for fostering independence, creativity, and self-esteem. These areas are developed by improving self-help skills and strengthening decision-making skills.
The instructional intention is to foster successful interaction with educational materials, their teachers and their peers. Each area is also designed to stimulate interest and provide a wide variety of opportunities for growth and enrichment.
Lesson plans are developed by teaching teams with a focus on individual and group needs and are posted in the parent area in each classroom.
Ladybug Class (approximately 2-3 years)
The Ladybug Class is a bright beginning for new learners. The curriculum engages the children’s curiosity through hands-on activities and exploration. The children enjoy an interactive circle time that introduces color, shape, letter, and number recognition through songs and stories. Learning continues with hands-on centers that promote language development, self-help skills, and problem solving. The children enjoy matching, sequencing, classification, directional concepts, dramatic play, and much more throughout their day. The ladybug class also encourages fine motor development and coordination through artistic and creative manipulation; such as finger painting, tracing, and building.
Bumblebee Class (approximately 3-4 years)
The Bumblebee Class continues to support and master all the fundamentals of early childhood education. The children begin with an interactive circle with the incorporation of calendar. Learning continues with hands-on centers that focus on early writing skills, cause and effect, social recognition, and creative thinking. The children are introduced to early math skills such as number recognition, sequencing, classification, and addition. The children also explore different areas of science, art, music, and dramatic play.
Butterfly Class (approximately 4-6 years)
The Butterfly Class is an integrated learning environment for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. The class begins with an interactive circle and calendar. Learning continues with hands-on centers that support math, language, early literacy, computer readiness, building, art, and dramatic play. The children learn to evaluate, work together and find creative solutions in their developmental centers. The children learn about the world around them and discover happy, healthy ways to become productive and confident friends to the community.
We believe that summertime should be a time filled with fun and excitement for the children – a time that continues to move our learning goals forward, but a time that is also driven by fun! At our Spirit Summer Program we have something exciting going on every day! We organize a number of off-site field trips, special guests, splash days, cooking activities, and an explosive end of the summer carnival.
Each member of the Spirit’s staff is trained and qualified in Early Childhood Education with the necessary academic background, as well as at least one year prior employment for the teachers. Staff is also required to continue their education by attending college courses, seminars, workshops, and/or other forms of training in the field of education. All staff members are also CPR and First Aid certified. The staff members at Spirit are energetic, supportive, and above all loving and caring teachers and staff. We encourage you to tour our facilities to meet our wonderful staff.
Spirit Child Development Center is a participant in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is sponsored by the California Department of Education for our Nutrition Program. Jointly funded by state and federal subsidies, the program is designed to assure compliance with the federal nutritional guidelines for all preschoolers enrolled. We supply breakfast, lunch, and a morning and afternoon snack.
Justice for All
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilities who require alternate means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, compete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addresses to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to UDSA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.