"Teach me your way Lord; I will walk in your truth." (Psalm 86:11)
Preschool Programs Offered for Ages 2 - 4
We have one classroom for our special little ones who are 2 years old and turning 3. This classroom is called the Busy Bees.
We also have two classrooms for all our beautiful children who are 3 years old and turning 4. These classrooms are called the Jazzy Giraffes, and Leaping Leopards. We also have our Mighty Lions class which is for children who are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten the following school year.
Our busy, fun, and interactive classrooms are designed to meet individual children's growth patterns, needs, and interests. Teachers respect and value each child uniquely designed by God with unique talents, gifts, and purpose. We aim to witness young children thriving in all areas of development, building positive relationships, and excited to come to school each day. We desire the best for young children and work hard to meet our goals.
We follow research-based Developmentally Appropriate Practices of Early Childhood Education in our lesson planning and classroom environments. OCC understands the importance of "Play" in constructing and promoting children's learning and knowledge about the world they live in. Our classrooms are structurally designed using the "Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale" for quality improvement in the environment. Our teaching staff is being trained and coached on an assessment tool called "CLASS," which stands for Classroom Assessment Scoring System. This assessment tool measures teacher and children's verbal/nonverbal interactions to promote high-quality emotional and instructional support.
4 and 5-Year Old Pre-Kindergarten Class
We offer full day (7am-5:30pm) and part day (8:15-12:15pm) pre-k classes. Those classes would be the Roaring Tigers and Brave Bears. We follow the State of California age requirement for placement in our pre-k classes. Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1st to be enrolled in our pre-k program. Our pre-k classes are designed to prepare children for entrance into kindergarten. We follow the California Department of Education Preschool Learning Foundations to prepare children for kindergarten. Our curriculum includes a Daily Bible Devotion, Zoo Phonics, Scholastic News, Handwriting w/out Tears, Relationship Building, Language Development, Beginning Math Concepts, etc. Our program supports and encourages active exploration and hands on experimentation in all areas of a child's development. We see children as very active participants in gaining knowledge and skills as teachers carefully and intentionally plan age-appropriate activities and create stimulating conditions for learning. Our goal is help children acquire the appropriate competencies that will prepare them to be successful students throughout their lives.
OCC After School Program
We offer afterschool care for children in TK-6th grade. Our hours of operation are M/T/TH/F from 2:45-6:00 pm and Wednesdays from 1:15-6:00 pm. We are on the same holiday/school calendar as the Panama Buena Vista Union School District. Our team of Afterschool teaching staff walk over to Old River Elementary each day to pick the children up and walk them back to our facility. We currently do not provide transportation to other elementary schools. However, we have families enrolled that drop their children off at us each day for afterschool care. We give the children an afternoon snack, playtime, creative art and game time, and a daily homework period.