PCLC's curriculum is based on our philosophy of learn by doing and is Reggio Emilia inspired. As such, teachers respect and listen to each child to understand their
interests and create learning paths around them. While doing this the teacher weaves in core concepts about math, science, drawing, reading etc. to make learning fun and something you actually learn rather than memorize.
PCLC uses the California DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile) framework for periodic evaluation of children. This framework evaluates children on eight categories:
- ◆ Approaches to Learning - Self Regulation
- ◆ Social and Emotional Development
- ◆ Language and Literacy Development
- ◆ English Language Development
- ◆ Cognition Including Math and Science
- ◆ Physical Development - Health
- ◆ History - Social Science
- ◆ Visual and Performing Arts
Within each of these categories a child is evaluated as Responding, Exploring, Building or Integrating. And finally, within each of those categories a child is evaluated as Earlier, Middle or Later.
The software our school uses has slighty different names for these. However, all of this is available via your smartphone. For comprehensive information about the California DRDP please check out the evaluation methodology and matrixes available here.
PCLC teachers constantly monitor and evaluate each child’s learning ability based on their daily activities. Children will be evaluated according to their developmental progress based on observations. Each child will also have an electronic portfolio that tracks what they've done with photos and annotations.
Infants are beginning to develop an understanding of the world around them through their senses and physical actions. To develop these skills, infants will experience age appropriate activities that help the child develop at his/her own rate. A child will experience activities in the areas of sensory-motor, psycho-motor, language development, cognitive development, large and small motor skills and social and emotional development.
Toddlers are developing social skills, enlarging their vocabulary and testing their independence. The two year olds will explore and learn about their environment through individual and group activities. Toilet training, learning to deal with frustrations and encouraging self-help skills will be offered to provide a successful age appropriate experience.
Three, Four and Five-year-olds:
Preschoolers are developing peer relationships, asking questions about the world around them and developing self-discipline and control.
Families are the primary caregivers and educators of young children. Play Care Learning Center (PCLC) Staff works collaboratively with parents to ensure that children are provided optimal learning experiences.