Children learn through play. Through exploration and experimentation children develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. The CDP Preschool Programs provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment that blends child initiated and teacher directed activities designed to promote success for every child. Preschool Instructors plan activities to support spontaneous interactions that develop a child's positive feelings toward learning and encourage confidence and self-esteem. The CDP Preschool staff is sensitive to diversity and welcomes all families served in the preschool program.
The CDP Half-Day Program is a community based early childhood program with goals to provide quality education and services for the families and children who are enrolled. The preschool classrooms are licensed through the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division and serve children who reach four years of age by September 1st of the current school year. If space permits, children who reach three years of age by September 1st of the current school year may also be enrolled.
The half-day preschool operates 3.5 hours per day (8:30 AM-12:00 PM), Monday through Friday. A multi-day (3-Day or 2-Day) option is available based on availability. Extended care is not available for half-day preschool children. Half-day preschool is a ten month program that follows the schedule of the Saugus Union School District calendar, August to June.
The CDP Preschool Programs are designed to provide developmentally appropriate experiences through a comprehensive pre-kindergarten curriculum, OWL (Opening the World of Learning). OWL prepares children for Kindergarten through playful, purposeful, and personalized instruction. OWL develops language and early literacy skills in the context of research-based and field-tested content, including math, science, and social studies.
The CDP Preschool Programs provide a warm and engaging atmosphere conducive to meet each child’s unique needs. The programs foster development in the following areas:
The following centers are available for exploration at various times during the school day. Children may choose from these activities in both the indoor and outdoor environments. The interest areas provide children the opportunity to explore, develop, and expand on interests, skills, and concepts introduced during group time. Daily details are available in the posted lesson plans.
The art center allows children to express themselves creatively and fosters individuality. Children are encouraged to use a variety of materials that represent different textures, shapes, and colors.
Children develop fine motor skills as they practice writing letters and numbers. They build their knowledge of print and pre-literacy skills as they participate in spontaneous and teacher-directed pre-writing activities.
Science & Math Center
Children are encouraged to develop problem solving skills and experience phenomenon in the natural environment.
Dramatic Play Center
The dramatic play center allows children to use role-play to make sense of the world around them. This center also helps develop social and cooperative play skills.
Children develop pre-reading and writing skills during their preschool years. Oral language skills are encouraged through storytelling and puppet theatre. The library is also a quiet space where children can process feelings in an appropriate setting. Children may also participate in the “listening center” with CDs, tapes, books, and headphones.
Music & Movement Center
Music and Movement is an environment where children can experiment and explore a variety of musical instruments.
Block & Manipulative Center
Children develop fine motor skills as well as cooperative play skills, sorting, and patterning. Children develop social, language, and problem solving skills by working together and taking turns.
A nutritious snack is provided daily for students. A monthly snack menu is posted on the parent information board. Parents are asked to notify the school of any food allergies or special dietary restrictions their children have so that appropriate, alternative choices will be made available for those children as needed. All food is provided through the Santa Clarita Valley Food Services Agency (SCVFSA), the agency that provides all food for the Saugus Union School District. Food served meets all state nutritional guidelines and the Saugus Union School District’s Wellness Policy.
Students enrolled in the full-day program will be served a morning and afternoon snack. A lunch will need to be provided daily. Staff is not able to heat or refrigerate food.