What We Do

Our goal is to help in the development of children who are secure, confident and competent.  We provide an environment that is emotionally warm and nurturing, physically safe and cognitively challenging.  It is our desire to work as a team with parents to provide the best for their child.

We help our children discover a way of dealing with life that is realistic, comfortable and satisfying.  Self-confidence is nurtured as children learn to rely on themselves and each other. The noncompetitive environment is one that allows each child to develop and mature emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually at their own pace. Through planned activities children are challenged to explore ideas, solve problems, develop and expand language and concept skills.To implement our philosophy, we give children choices.  They can experiment and explore with activities designed to meet their needs in all areas of development. 

 

The curriculum is carefully planned by the teachers to offer choices designed to encourage physical skills, cognitive learning, problem-solving and independence.  Active physical play, conceptual learning, art, music, science, math concepts, literature and dramatic play are part of the daily program. LVCC students are grouped by age and developmental readiness.  Each classroom is supervised by a Lead Teacher.  Curriculum varies according to age.  As children mature, they engage in increasingly more intricate and challenging activities.  The curriculum also varies from year to year, because no one group of children is like another.  This flexibility allows our teachers the opportunity to assess the nature of their group and design their lesson plans accordingly.

Our Beliefs and Values

Excellence

We strive for excellence in all areas, including:

  • Staff -- consistent, flexible, supported with continuing education and training

  • Curriculum

  • Facilities

  • Safety

  • Teacher-to-child ratios

  • Professional resources

 

Inclusive Community

We strive to develop and nurture relationships within and outside of the Center through:

  • Respect

  • Diversity among staff, children, and families with respect to ethnicity, race, culture, religion, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation

  • Community awareness and involvement

  • Responsibility

 

Nurturing Environment

We create a supportive, interactive, encouraging environment for all who are involved with LVCC -- children, families, staff, and community.  We do this through:

  • Advocacy for individual children's needs

  • Friendliness

  • Loving care

  • A "Children First" philosophy

  • Positive discipline

 

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

We provide a creative program that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children while responding to the needs of families through:

  • Curriculum

  • Adult-child interaction

  • Relations between home and program

  • Developmental evaluation of children

 

Communication

We develop and sustain relationships by:

  • Practicing active listening and providing feedback

  • Assuring accessibility

  • Encouraging collaboration and cooperation

  • Insisting on consistent and transparent interactions among all involved with LVCC         

Our Developmental Goals

For Infants and Toddlers:

 

Our goal in the Infant/Toddler program is to help in the development of children who are secure, confident and competent. 

 

We provide an environment that is emotionally warm and nurturing, physically safe and cognitively challenging.  There is time for uninterrupted play and freedom to explore and interact with other infants.  Respect is shown to the child along with sensitive observation in order to understand her/his individual needs.  It is our desire to work as a team with parents to provide the best for their child.

For Two- to Five-Year-Olds:

 

By focusing on socio-emotional, cognitive and physical growth, Linda Vista  Children's Center promotes an integrated and effective developmental approach to learning. Our general goals for children within this age range are:

 

Socio-Emotional Development

  • To experience a sense of self-esteem

  • To exhibit a positive attitude toward life

  • To demonstrate cooperative, pro-social behavior

 

Cognitive Development

  • To acquire learning and problem-solving skills

  • To expand logical thinking skills

  • To acquire concepts and information leading to a fuller understanding of the immediate world

  • To demonstrate skills in make-believe play

  • To expand verbal communication skills

  • To develop beginning reading skills

  • To acquire beginning writing skills

 

Physical Development

  • To enhance gross motor skills

  • To enhance and refine fine motor skills

  • To use all senses in learning