We think of school for young children as an integral living organism, as a place of shared lives and relationships among many adults and many children. We think of school as a sort of construction of motion, continuously adjusting itself. -Loris Malaguzzi
AGES: 2.5 to 5
HOURS OPEN: 8:30 - 4:45, M-F
CAPACITY: 12 children
TEACHER: STUDENT RATIO 1:4
MEALS: Lunch brought from home
SNACKS OFFERED: 2 organic snacks per day
NAP: Children bring nap mats for a rest period
POTTY-TRAINING: Not required
ALLERGY POLICY: Nut-sensitive
FIELD TRIPS: Every semester
OPEN ALL CALENDAR YEAR
Environment & Teacher Ratios
The SLCC classroom is a unique and intimate environment located on a quiet residential street where children feel at home and safe enough to take social-emotional risks with their peers and teachers. The classroom lends itself to the best of both worlds: an intimate home-like environment and high-quality, research-backed early education.
We offer hands-on, collaborative, and messy explorations in both our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Children spend equal parts of their day exploring indoor materials and mingling with nature outside. The class experience is intimate and personal with 3 teachers and 12 children during our Regular Day programming. Our Extended Day programming has 2 teachers staffed at all times.
SLCC values a mixed-age learning environment where children gain collaborative opportunities to learn from and model prosocial, motor, and cognitive skills for each other. From these exchanges, the children cultivate a sense of community and care for each other and their school. Our mixed-age classroom is designed to foster continuity of care, where our youngest children begin and end their preschool years with the same educators and peers in the same classroom environment. This builds strength in peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student relationships, socio-emotional safety, confidence, and risk-taking. As the years progress, the teachers gain deeper understanding of their students’ developmental needs and design individual learning goals for each child based on their well-developed relationship.
Additionally, we value a strong parent partnership as a school community. At SLCC, families have regular opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, share their family cultures during their child's Culture Share, and have the resources they need for implementing the best early childhood practices at home after attending our quarterly Parent Roundtables. Previous roundtables have featured guest speakers including Janet Landsbury, Jane Katch, Rachael Katz, and many other parent education and developmental psychology experts.
In an effort to bring our families and children together, SLCC hosts various family picnics, potlucks, and gatherings throughout the school year on campus and at our nearby parks.
Our doors are always open to help support our parent community. Our priority is to make your child's first years of education a success and full of joy and creativity.
A Typical Day at SLCC
Children are greeted in the morning with open-ended provocations for inquiry. They then gather for our morning meeting to greet each other, discuss any salient wonders they might have, and plan for our upcoming projects.
Concurrently, a morning meeting might involve the use of other languages, mindful meditation, yoga, or music. The children spend equal parts of their day investigating the many natural wonders outside and developing small-group projects inside the classroom’s various micro-environments including the art atelier, building rug, music center, dramatic play area, STEM tables, and our Design Lab. Take a look at our Daily Flow for more details on the events of the day.
Extended Day Enrichment
Our afternoons are dedicated to enhancing the children's school experiences with specialized enrichment opportunities that vary throughout the week and are informed by the children's interests and developmental needs. Our Story Workshop, Atelier di Cucina, and Movement & Discovery programs are offered every week.
Atelier Di Cucina translates from the Italian language to "kitchen workshop". Our specialist facilitates a weekly cooking-appreciation experience every Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Children are introduced to the various fine-motor skills of cutting, pouring, mixing, and the myriad other techniques required to cook and bake. Additionally, the Atelier Di Cucina entices our senses and provides rich and meaningful tactile, olfactory, and sensorial experiences for our children. We learn the value of growing our own food, harvesting our ingredients, and communing in the kitchen as a collaborative group.
Story Workshop is a framework for learning developed at the Portland Children's Museum to support language and literacy. SLCC is thrilled to incorporate this framework for literacy on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Research suggests the use of materials such as clay, paint, drama, or building blocks can play an integral role in language development and strongly support children to see themselves as storytellers and authors. We invite the Extended Day children to explore the classroom in search of their stories. We wonder together: Where do stories live? What stories do the materials inspire? When using the materials, what memories are awakened? We set up spaces and materials to inspire and entice the children. As the child continues to play and explore his story, he may consider more details, the sequence may become stronger, and the language the child uses to tell the story becomes more clear, elaborate, and powerful. The story comes to life! We then document their stories in their individual story journals and reflect on them at the end of each workshop. As we equip your children for the next chapter of their learning careers through Story Workshop, we strengthen their confidence, quest for literacy, fine-motor skills, imagination, and creative faculties.
Movement and Discovery enrichment is offered Mondays. Through big body movement activities drawing from a plethora of physical and therapeutic fields, we'll develop and explore gross-motor skills, sensory regulation, body awareness, coordination, balance and vestibular and proprioceptive input. We'll dance, we'll tumble, we'll jump, roll and sway! On days when we're feeling more mindful and less inclined to wiggle, our investigations will be S.T.E.M. driven; exploring the natural and scientific intricacies of the environments our bodies move within.
SLCC’S new Design Lab is modeled after the Human-Centered Design Thinking educational framework of IDEO.ORG along with the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Think, Make, Try practicum for museum education. Our lab encourages children to employ creative faculties while creating and exchanging ideas in order to design and test desired outcomes based on the user’s needs. Through active exploration and construction of the children’s own ideas, we strengthen confidence, self-agency, and resilience. Our lab is teacher-facilitated and features real-world tools including a laser cutting printer, vinyl cutter, industrial sewing machine, and jewelry makers’ bench. SLCC’s Design Lab will officially launch summer of 2022.
8:30-9:30 Early Arrivals & Morning Provocations
9:30-9:45 Morning Meeting
9:45-10:30 Project-Time & Small-Groups
10:30-11:00 Story-time, Wash-up & Snack
11:00-12:00 Outdoor Explorations
12-12:30 Wash-up & Lunch
12:30-12:40 Movement & Mindful Meditation
12:45-1:45 Rest & Quiet Choices
1:30-2:00 Open Snack
2:00-3:30 Outdoor Explorations
2:30 Regular Day Pick-up & Goodbyes
2:30-4:45 Extended Day Enrichment Programs
3:30-4:00 Wash-up & Snack
4:00-4:30 Enrichment Project & Small-Groups
4:30-4:45 Story-Time & Goodbyes
Movement & Discovery Mondays 4 -4:30
Story Workshop Wednesdays 4 -4:30
Atelier di Cucina Thursdays 4-4:30
2022-2023 School Year Calendar
July 5 Summer Camp Session I (4 weeks)
Aug 1 Summer Camp Session II (4 weeks)
Aug 26 SLCC Health & Safety Town Hall
Aug 29-Sept 9 Fall Break
Sept 12 SLCC Start of Year Family Playdate
Sept 13 First Day of Fall Semester
Oct 10 Indigenous Peoples Day Holiday
Oct 31 SLCC Halloween Parade
Nov 11 Veterans Day Holiday
Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 15 SLCC Winter Potluck
Dec 19-30 Winter Break
Jan 2 First Day of Winter Semester
Jan 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Feb 20 Presidents’ Day Holiday
Mar 31 Priority Enrollment Deadline
April 10-14 Spring Break
April 17 First Day of Spring Semester
April 21 SLCC Earth Day Picnic Fieldtrip
May 12 Mothers’ Day Breakfast
May 29 Memorial Day Holiday
June 16 Fathers’ Day Breakfast
June 22 Last Day of School
June 23 Graduation & Picnic at SLCC
June 26-July 7 Summer Break
*School will be closed during all noted breaks and any dates marked as a holiday.