Fredrickson Family Early Childhood Center at California Lutheran University
|Location: 60 W. Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Program Director: Elaine Davi
|Ages served: Newborn through 6 years
Enrollment capacity: 6 infants, 8 toddlers, 49 preschoolers
Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Type: Private, Non-profit, Faith-related, University-related, Licensed, Suburban
|Beginning in 1974 the Fredrickson Family Early Childhood Center, formerly called House on the Hill or CLUECC, has always been rooted in the Lutheran tradition of education that emphasizes Christian faith and principles. The center provides a hands-on learning environment for children ages newborn to 6 years of age. Curriculum goals empower each child to develop critical thinking skills by daily exposure to a variety of learning opportunities in both the indoor and outdoor classroom environment.||Our ultimate goal is to see each child develop into a self-confident, flexible, creative, and joyful person.We believe in providing endless opportunities for children to engage in the wonders and magic of nature. We are deeply committed to the belief that children need to have uninterrupted time to play, explore, and use all of their senses to make meaning of their world.|
We believe that children are curious, capable and rich with potential. We are committed to ensure that children build authentic relationships within a natural environment.
Special Center | Site Features
|Our center has been open since 1974; however our dream to build a preschool with an emphasis on the outdoor environment really began over 10 years ago when our staff took a trip out to the Child Educational Center and explored their school. It cemented in our minds that we wanted to design our new center, which opened in April of 2011, with the goal of creating an outdoor space where the children could actively pursue their innate curiosity to explore and make long life connections with nature. We are very proud to||
be a Demonstration Site for the Outdoor Classroom project as well as a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The staff is dedicated and committed to promoting an indoor-outdoor flow, to assessing the environment on a daily basis and making changes as the needs of the children and our families change. We host many family events in our outdoor space and encourage our families to come get wet, muddy, and dirty….so come and play with us!
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