Thank you Rachel Samoff, the founder and leader of The Children’s Pre-School Center, 1984-2012. She led the school with intelligence, passion, and love. She shared her knowledge of and love for young children and their development with everyone who came through CPSC’s doors. Rachel is now involved with continuing to serve the early childhood community with volunteer work both at the public level as well as serving on several committees serving young children in the Bay Area.
Great Expression of the Value of Play! Read on . . .
"Historically, play has been viewed as a frivolous break from important endeavors like working and learning when, in fact, a child’s ability to fully and freely engage in play is essential to their learning, productivity, and overall development," observe Steve Gross and Rebecca Cornelli Sanderson in their article, "Play is the Way," in the Beginnings section of the September/October 2012 Exchange magazine. They continue:
On Halloween, our older preschoolers dressed up in grand style and went to visit Cooley Godward, a local law firm that has had a great relationship with CPSC over the years. Everyone was so excited to show off their costumes and talk one another about who they had dressed up as. We finally got ourselves sorted out and off to trick or treat at Cooley.
One of the characteristics that distinguishes CPSC from many other preschools and child care centers is the exceptionally low turn over record at our school. We have teachers who have celebrated their 15th, 20th, and even 25th anniversaries at CPSC. These teachers with their vast experience, skill, and wisdom provide a cornerstone for quality at our program.
Anita Chow and Zenaida Enriquez celebrated milestone anniversaries at CPSC. Anita (left) has been with us for 20 years and Zenaida for 10.
We have several parents in our Hummingbird classroom of 15 2-3 year olds who celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. This year their children and their classmates were old enough to really appreciate a party to celebrate Purim together. The children got ready. They raided the dress-up box and created their costumes. Three moms showed up in costume as well with plenty of Purim songs to play for the children. The music went on and everyone danced together. The music and dancing were infectious. We’re not sure who was having more fun, the children or the adults. Big smiles on every face!
Everyone who has ever been around babies knows that they communicate from the very beginning. Who can ignore a new-born's cry? I've not met that person yet. Whether we are the parents, grandparents, or just someone else in the room, an infant's cry gets an immediate response from us.
I have talked about the issues of how raising children to keep themselves safe by learning good risk assessment skills is important and how our instinct as parents to keep our children safe from harm plus the attitudes toward liability in the US encourage everyone in our society to protect children from all risk. This article by John Tierney published in the New York Times states the argument for incorporating some risk in your child's life quite effectively. Take a look by clicking on the link below and see what you think.
At long last phase one of our project to add more shade to our sunniest yards is complete! It was a long, long road from early in 2010 when we started working on this project to seeing these shade sails flying above the children at play. We overcame many obstacles, went after and received a few grants and a few donations, worked hard with our designer and contractor and finally phase one is completed!
There was excitement in the air the afternoon of May 12th. Lisa Murphy, the famous Ooey Gooey Lady would be the featured speaker at the CPSC/PACCC Staff Development Day this year. Ms. Murphy is a wildly popular Early Childhood Educator. She is a woman with boundless energy, a wonderful sense of humor, and a passion for not only focusing on children’s play as the most effective vehicle for early learning, but also on giving the children uninterrupted time and support to mess around, implement their own ideas, and experience a wide range of sensory activities.
Lan Tran celebrated her Five Year Anniversary at CPSC. Lan heads the Dragonfly classroom, sharing her considerable energy and her boundless capacity for love and nurturing with all the Dragonfly children and their parents.
April 11 – 15 was the official Week of the Young Child. This is a week devoted to celebrating children and their learning. Our theme was early literacy. CPSC’s children and teachers love books and use them a lot in their day to day activities, but during this special week, we filled our classroom with extra special early literacy activities.
As many of you know, we have a nutritionist who works with us. Twice a year we give her the menus of what children are eating here for snacks and hot lunches, and she gives us recommendations and ideas for improving our nutrition program. One thing we have heard from our nutritionist consistently is the importance of variety in children’s diets. This not only is important for good nutrition, but helps develop healthy lifelong eating habits.
We have been recycling paper and cardboard at CPSC for many years now. Over the past few months we have gone further with green practices for our school as a whole and in our classrooms. We have been able to cut down on our land fill waste considerably by including mechanisms for separating out compostable and all recyclable waste.
At noon on Monday, 2/21/2011 we said good-bye to our children and devoted the rest of the day to a workshop on cross-cultural communication. Marie Onwubuariri and Sun Hee Kim, both Trainer/Consultants from a group called i-Relate led us in discussions and exercises having to do with understanding those whose cultural context is different from one’s own. I-Relate is a non-profit educational and consulting organization dedicated to creating and providing training and tools to support the development of culturally competent leaders. You can learn more at www.i-Relate.org.
Christine celebrates five years of service at CPSC
Meet Christine Vasquez. Christine has been with CPSC for more than 5 years, keeping our food program running smoothly by distributing snack items and hot lunches. She keeps our supplies stocked and our kitchens clean and sparkling. She’s a very important part of everyday life at CPSC.
The Children's Pre-School Center is looking for a Community
Member for the CPSC Board. This is a non-profit board for a child development center. If interested in the well-being of young children,
you should apply.
Children learn best through their play. The research is very clear that children under the age of 8 learn best by interacting with their environment under the skillful guidance and facilitation of teachers. At CPSC we try to implement these research findings by organizing our learning around play activities that engage the children’s hearts, brains, and bodies fully. So creating learning opportunities that will engage the children is one of our most important jobs.
Continuous improvement is a requirement for NAEYC Accreditation. Over the 20 years we have been accredited, we have used an annual process to assess our strengths and weaknesses. Our current system for gathering information on our strengths and opportunities to improve is a Program Quality Survey that we distribute in December. Our response rate this year was 77%. 100 of our 130 families completed the survey. Overall satisfaction with the program was very high. 98% of our parents are either extremely satisfied or satisfied with our overall program and service.
Every year CPSC holds an Annual Meeting to present significant elements of the past year to its members, the parents and to hold the election for the vacant seats on the CPSC Board of Directors. This year parents gathered to vote for 3 parents and 1 community member to join the Board and to listen to a series of Annual Reports delivered by current Board Members. They heard about program improvements, finances, partnerships with parents, health innovations, facility plans, the results of the Program Quality Parent Survey, and CPSC’s strategic planning.
Some 3 year olds found a very intriguing project set up in their classroom last week. There were cylinders containing two different colors on the table. When they shook the cylinders, the colors combined to make a new color. So when the red and blue cylinder was shaken, the colors combined to make purple! When the children stopped shaking, the colors separated again. So clearly, red and blue make purple!
Happy New Year everyone! Over the past week many of you have been at home with your children. It's probably very fresh in your minds that finding quality television for young children is always a challenge! I ran across news of a new set of PBS programs focusing on science for preschoolers that looked intriguing. I watched a few episodes and found them appealing, with good content that I thought many preschoolers would both learn from and enjoy. I have attached information on the shows and where to find them.
CPSC is happy to announce an additional Enrichment Program, BookTree. BookTree is a monthly book-lending program for children from infancy to about age seven. Each month, BookTree delivers personalized totes containing ten high-quality, illustrated, age-appropriate books to CPSC. The benefits of BookTree include:
Our NAEYC Accreditation is something of which we are very proud. It is a confirmation that our school maintains the very highest standards of early care and education. In the past few years, the NAEYC Academy which administers the NAEYC Accreditaiton program added a new component to its oversight of schools in this program. They conduct random, unannounced visits where they spend 10 hours looking at records and observing half our classrooms to verify that we adhere to the Accreditation standards in our everyday operations between Accreditaion renewal periods.