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Children's Center Preschool Los Altos, California


Get information on parent education events, community outreach projects, and special visits/performances going on at the Family Resource Center.

Be sure to mark your calendars for:

three children with arms around each other and smiling Parenting Education Event: Helping Kids Nurture Friendships

Wednesday, April 26, 9:00–10:30am, Redwood Room (RSVP)

Do you wonder how the pandemic effected your child’s playing behavior and their ability to make friends? Do you wish your child could make friends more easily? Would you like ideas on how to help your child maintain preschool friendships when they go off to different elementary schools? If so, join us for an informative parenting presentation by Lauren Meltzer, MA, CLC, Parent Educator, and discover how you can best support children as they navigate their social world.

The workshop will cover:

  • Social skills children need to be successful in developing lasting friendships
  • How boys and girls can differ in their social development
  • How to teach your children effective conflict resolution skills
  • Hands-on methods and techniques to help children nurture and maintain healthy, and thriving friendships

Bring a friend who may be interested in this important topic. The event is FREE, but please RSVP online here or by emailing Bryn at Coffee/Tea and treats will be served.


children in halloween costumes donate food

Community Outreach

The Children’s Center is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of all children in our greater community. In a typical year, we strive to participate in 4–5 philanthropic activities that will be meaningful and approachable for the preschoolers. We believe that nurturing community service is an important and fundamental value for all children. In recent years, we participated in the following activities:

• Project Night Night — We collected gently used and new books to help support children in shelters.

• Community Services Agency — We collected over 400lbs of food during our Halloween Hoot Festivities. We have also supported CSA with our "Socktober" sock drive to assist homeless people.

• Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto — During the holidays we collected new pairs of pajamas to help make some children's Christmases a bit more magical.

• There With Care — We collected thousands of diapers to support families with critically ill children.

In the Spring we collected books for Help One Child & The Creative Montessori Learning Center of East Palo Alto.

Our Next Philanthropy Event:baby diapers wipes and pants

Diaper Drive

April 24 through May 3

Let’s share the love by helping others in need. Please join us in supporting “There with Care” — an organization dedicated to easing the burden of life for families with critically ill children.

We invite you to please bring wipes, diapers and pants to the bins at school. All size diapers are accepted, but “There with Care” especially needs size 6. Open packages of diapers are welcomed. New pants are preferred or like-new that are gender neutral (ages newborn to 18 months).

To learn more about There with Care, visit:

This community outreach project is a perfect way to begin instilling a lifelong awareness in your child about the importance of helping others. Children can participate by picking out the diapers and delivering them to the bins when checking in for school in the mornings. Participation is completely optional.

Stanford Jump Rope Team Special Visits & Performances

Here at the Children’s Center we strive to make each day colorful and fun! To meet this goal, we delight in scheduling special events for the preschoolers. Some of our favorite special events have included:

• Interactive Author Visits — Such as Christie Matheson, the author of Touch the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star

• Jump Rope Performers — Our preschoolers were literally jumping with joy as they watched the Stanford Jump Rope Team perform their amazing jump rope feats!

• Special Dance Performances — Greene School of Irish Dance on St. Patrick's Day and a Cinco de Mayo performance by the Los Altos High School’s Latino Student Union Dancers. What a blessing to experience music and dancing from different cultures!

• An amazing Bubble Performance — by Sterling Johnson, The Bubblesmith

Bubble performance by Sterling Johnson


If you have questions about an event, contact

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