Childcare Locations: Bostwick Children’s Center, CKC Infant & Toddler Childcare Center, Opal Cliffs Childcare Center, SantaCruz Garden’s Preschool
Child Development Resource Center
CDRC serves those who care for and educate young children. CDRC/Child Care Switchboard maintains a current list of all licensed child care centers and licensed family child care homes in Santa Cruz County. We also realize that licensed care does not always meet the needs of every individualized family. If your preferred choice is to go with a nanny, babysitter, or other informal arrangement (license-exempt care) you can have the added peace of mind of utilizing the TrustLine Registry.
Providers: The well-being of our children and families starts with YOU—the child care workforce. CDRC is here to help you provide the best care for children and to keep your business thriving. CDRC maintains Santa Cruz County’s only complete, up-to-date listing of child care providers. Help families find you by placing a free listing in our child care referral database.
Parents and Guardians: CDRC maintains Santa Cruz County’s only complete, up-to-date listing of child care providers. Finding the right child care is one of the most important decisions your family may need to make. The early care and education specialists at CDRC can answer your questions—on the phone, or in person—to help you find child care that meets your needs.
What does QUALITY look like?
You feel safe & accepted for who you are
It’s a place to be with friends and caring adults
You get to do lots of fun, interesting activities
The program is easy to get to & affordable
Your family’s culture and child’s abilities are respected
Your child is happy and learning new things
The program is thriving & committed to quality
The work environment is safe and well organized
You get a chance to earn better pay and benefits
Welcome to Coastal Community Preschool, an independent, private, incorporated, non-profit organization which serves preschool children from the age of 2 years 3 months until entry into kindergarten. The school is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of Coastal Community Preschool parents, non-parents from the Santa Cruz community and teachers at the School.
Coastal Community Preschool seeks to provide a safe, accessible, family –centered environment that nurtures children as individuals, fosters social understanding, and serves as a vital part of its local community. In this setting, we will celebrate the unique spirit of each child and strive to cultivate Good People who recognize and respect their own precious worth and that of others.
The Preschool approaches this mission with the following goals:
To create a sanctuary for learning that honors and protects each child’s interests and ideas, and encourages development at each child’s own pace;
To sustain a talented, experienced and highly skilled faculty by ensuring respectable salary levels and benefits and maintaining a comfortable, stimulating workplace that encourages participation in organizational development;
To provide a diverse and inclusive environment in which children learn to appreciate different lifestyles and cultures;
To prepare children for school through emotional readiness, and through cultivation of each child’s unique strengths and interests;
To encourage a family-centric, team-approach among parents and teachers who share a mutual goal of raising a community of strong, confident, and happy children;
To serve as an integral part of the local community by providing a variety of resources in support of strong families, successful parenting and learning readiness.
Family Network Preschool has been in operation since 1991. We provide a socially-based enrichment program to children ages 2 years to entry into kindergarten. We have a maximum of 25 preschool children per day. We have a student-teacher ratio of 6 to 1 or better. We encourage and support family involvement in our program through daily check-ins, home visits, conferences, and other activities and resources. Our goal is to create an environment in which families feel welcomed, supported, and appreciated.
We believe play is the work of children. Our belief is based on the research of Lev Vygotsky, a psychologist who argued that child development is the result of interactions between children and their social environment. Our school provides children with many opportunities to explore sensorimotor play, solitary play, cooperative play, physical play, and fantasy play. Through play, children work on the development of personal awareness, socialization, emotional well-being, problem-solving, cognitive abilities, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, and language. As they play, children take in information and build upon what they already know, modifying and expanding their knowledge to accommodate new facts, feelings, and experiences. We want our children to be able to take the information they learn through play, and apply it to other experiences outside of school.
We believe an active child-centered environment supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children. When an educational program is child-centered and directed, it lets us know what the children want to learn, how they learn, and what they are ready to learn. We have created an environment that encourages children to become agents of their own learning. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, we view the environment as the third educator in the classroom. The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasizes that children best create meaning and make sense of their world in environments that provide consistency, variety, and opportunities to learn new skills and develop meaningful relationships with peers, teachers, and materials. Our environment is thoughtfully and purposefully designed, taking into consideration the children’s ages and stages of development. The curriculum in the classroom is planned yet open to modification based on the children’s emerging interests and ideas. And the children, through play, help to actively construct their learning environment.