Child Educational Center
Ages served: 6 weeks through 6th grade
|The Child Educational Center embraces a developmental/child-centered approach to our work with children and families. An educated and research-based understanding of the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional growth of children that accurately identifies their learning and psychological needs forms the foundation of a developmentally oriented and child-centered philosophy. To be successfully implemented, love and respect for each child must permeate our thinking and interactions. In addition, the unique development and personalities of children must be fully understood, accepted, and embraced by all teachers and Center staff. As child development professionals, we understand that play and extensive interaction in nature-based outdoor environments is integral to children’s overall development.||Research in the field of human and child development documents that play is the activity by which children learn and develop. An excessive focus on product and achievement-oriented activities actually undermines healthy development and undermines the foundation for a productive and satisfying life, both as a child and later as an adult. We intentionally design our curriculum, environment, and routines to provide opportunities for deep, meaningful, and sustained play for all children. Research also documents the many developmental benefits of children’s connection with and knowledge of the natural world. As a result, our outdoor environments are central features of our programs.|
We intentionally design our curriculum, environment, and routines to provide opportunities for deep, meaningful, and sustained play for all children.
Special Center | Site Features
|The Child Educational Center was a pioneer in Southern California in both employer related child care and progressive early care and education. From its beginning in 1979 as an infant, toddler, preschool with 50 children to its current scope that also includes before- and after-school programs and summer camps for school-age children, the CEC serves 500 children daily with great dedication and a commitment to preserving the experience of childhood and providing extensive nature-based experiences daily.||In addition to daily programs for children, the CEC also participates in an ongoing national research project on outdoor play and learning in partnership with Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. The CEC’s Consulting and Educational Services division also provides teacher training and design services for outdoor environments, and works with foundations to design and enact initiatives that further the mission of the outdoor classroom movement.|
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