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Children's Center Preschool Los Altos, California
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Children's Center Preschool

A Loving Place to Play & Grow

The Children’s Center is a play-based preschool where learning through play supports the whole child. Through experience and practice children will grow socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. We provide a safe place for children to become independent thinkers while developing positive self-concepts. We believe self-regulation and resilience are direct results of learning through play. By “doing” and “experiencing” children construct internal building blocks for both personal growth and life skills, with the greatest benefits coming from a child’s body and mind working together. It is our commitment to provide a loving, respectful, and joyful place for all children to play, learn, and grow.

Our program provides both structured and unstructured time each day. We understand young children need many opportunities to choose activities from our carefully prepared environment. One of our key goals is to help each child learn to balance their roles as a contributing and cooperative member of a social group, and as an individual who needs to think, dream and contemplate. Our developmentally appropriate program provides a safe and nurturing Christian environment. Principles of love and respect guide our children as they learn and grow.

The Children’s Center Preschool offers a weekday program for children ages 2–5. Typically, our regular preschool classes begin at the end of August and run through early June. In addition, we offer a two-week Summer Camp in June for our currently enrolled students.

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The staff and Director are available to you for support, conversation, and conferencing. Our Family Resource Center (FRC) provides informative speaker events and a book lending library for parents. In addition, educational assemblies for children and/or parents will be offered throughout the school year.

The Los Altos United Methodist Church offers separate Sunday school programs with children’s choirs, Summer Camp and special seasonal activities. If you are looking for a home church, please consider a visit to LAUMC.

Thank you for considering the Children's Center for your child's preschool. You may call the office if you have any questions at (650) 941-5411 or email

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