EARLY START & PRE-KINDER ARTS
This program serves very young children - ages 6 months old to 5 years - to pre-kindergarteners with and without special needs and their parents. These early intervention programs aim at educating parents and their young children together, in a natural community environment that enhances students’ cognitive, language, motor and socio-emotional development. It helps children improve their developmental skills in a fun, creative and learning environment.
Early Start Program
The Early Start Program (for ages 6 months – 2.5 years) helps children improve their developmental skills in a fun, creative and learning environment:
Focus of this program
* Encourage vocabulary development
* Ease separation anxiety
* Improve social skills
* Improve listening skills & following basic directions
* Foster exploration of learning
* Communicate through play & and other activities
Activities for Students & Parents
* Circle time
* Story time
* Family literacy
* Music & Art activities
* Learning centers & free play
* Parenting classes
Dates & Times:
Mondays & Wednesdays | 9:30 to 11:30 AM
The Pre-Kinder Arts Program (for ages 3 – 5 years old) helps children develop school readiness/ academic skills and creativity in a fun, creative learning environment:
Activities for Students
* Circle Time Activities: Singing, “Interactive Calendar” (days/months of the year), counting days of the month, Story/book of the day, Family Literacy, Sharing Homework and small books, and Song of the day.
* Small Groups Activities: Creating Small Books together (cutting/pasting/writing) and Reading, Music, Art and Movement activities.
* School Readiness Skills and Arts Activities: Language, Cognitive and Art development activities to build children’s vocabulary, cognition and basic skills.
* Free Play: A variety of activities, such as art, dramatic play, music, art, blocks & puzzles, computers and other educational games.
* Parenting Classes: Focus on important child development topics, including discipline strategies, child abuse prevention, school readiness and others.
Dates & Times:
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Note : We provide snacks although parents are encouraged to bring their own if they prefer. A caregiver is required to be at the facility at all times while the child is in class.*
Child Care Worker Certificate
Parents and caregivers accompanying children are strongly encouraged to register for the free classes that are provided in partnership by the Santa Ana College, concurrently with both the Early Start and Pre-Kinder Arts Programs. If an adult is interested in becoming a certified Child Care Worker then they are required to register and complete all five of the courses listed below. These courses are free of charge and open to the public. You are NOT required to enroll a child in any of our programs to register for these adult courses. Completion of all five courses will grant the adult a Child Care Worker Certificate from the Rancho Santiago Community College District, and the person is also eligible for a State Certificate.
1. Employability Skills
2. Early Childhood and Development for Family and Child Care Providers
3. Business Practices in Family Day Care
4. Health Education for Family Daycare Providers
5. Introduction to How to Start a Small Business
Adults have the option of gaining hands on experience in a childcare setting although this requires a background check and a TB test. Please call (714) 547-5468 for more information.