"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 very special little ones who are 2 years old and turning 3. This classroom is called the Busy Bee's.
We also have one classroom for all of our beautiful children who are 3 years old turning 4. This classroom is called the Jazzy Giraffe's.
Our busy, fun, and interactive classrooms are designed to meet individual children's growth patterns, needs, and interests. Teachers respect and value each child as uniquely designed by God with special talents, gifts, and purpose. Our goal is 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 goal.
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 are being trained and coached on an assessment tool called, "CLASS" which stands for Classroom Assessment Scoring System. This assessment tool measures the verbal/nonverbal interactions between teachers and children to promote high quality emotional and instructional support.
4 and 5-Year Old Pre-Kindergarten Class
We offer full day (7am-6pm) and part day (8:15-12:15pm) pre-k classes. 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 December 1 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 apropriate 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 2:45-6:00pm and Wednesday's from 1:15-6:00pm. 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 do have families enrolled that drop their children off to us each day for afterschool care. We provide the children an afternoon snack, playtime, creative art and game time, as well as a daily homework period.