Phone Number (310-555-5555): 310-680-3500
Director:: Nellie Rios-Parra
Ages of Children: 2 months - 5 years
Hours: School Readiness 2x/week at 8:30-10, 10:30-12, or 1-2:30 p.m. M/W or T/Th, Preschool 7:50-10:50 a.m. or 12-3 p.m. M-F
Type of Center: Non Profit, Public
How long has your program been in existence?: Preschool since 2001, School Readiness since 2002
How many of your teachers qualify to be mentors: 12
Do you currently have teachers that are CA Mentors?: Yes
If yes, how many?: Two
Our school is interested in welcoming students into our program for purposes of:: Observations, Fall/spring semester fieldwork placements for ECE 21: 3 hour day once a week, to total 39 hours, Fall/spring semester fieldwork placements for ECE 22: 3 hour day twice a week to total 90 hours, Fall/spring semester fieldwork placements for ECE 23: 3 hour day twice a week to total 90 hours
The most prevalent curriculum students are likely to encounter and learn is:: High Scope, SPARKS, Guided Language Acquisition Design, and Repeated Interactive Read Alouds
Briefly describe how your staff plans the curriculum and environment.: Staff plans the curriculum and environment based on the Preschool Foundations and Early Childhood Education Rating Scale, coupled with ongoing reflection and the Desired Results system of continuous improvement.
What kind of evaluation tools do you use for staff and children, and how often?: The evaluation tools we use for staff and children are the Desired Results system (ECERS, DRDP, Parent Survey) in addition to district made (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, CLASS, etc.) or district purchase items (Bilingual Syntax Measure).
Briefly describe your ongoing staff professional development.: Based on a Professional Development staff survey and DRDP, ECERS, and Parent Survey data, we design PD on one or two content areas per year. We meet weekly, except for once a month, for an hour and a half for PD from our staff development specialist or outside consultants. If there are new directives from CDE, we review them with the staff at our weekly staff meetings. We also provide new teacher training and specific training for Teaching Assistants. Staff also attend trainings provided by local ECE organizations when requested by staff or based on goals they have set for themselves.
Do you serve children with special needs at your school?: Yes
If yes, describe any staff training specifically supporting their needs.: Topics have included identifying and referring children with special needs, differentiated instruction, working with challenging behaviors, Center for Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning, mainstreaming, visual schedules, sensory integration, child development and school readiness, speech and language delays, IDEA and compliance, and IEP's.