High Quality Care
We offer the highest quality of care with educated teachers and low staff turnover. Our three classrooms provide developmentally appropriate activities, with a mix of child and teacher directed activities. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate, play-based and includes opportunities in large and small motor development, art and sensory experiences, language development, music, pre-math, science and pre-literacy exposure through lots of books, finger plays and storytelling.
We are an inclusive childcare program, which means children with and without disabilities are nurtured and participate in play and learning activities together. Our philosophy is to acknowledge and support the individual needs of ALL children, and we offer a supportive environment for all children to grow and develop. If needed, some modifications to routines and activities are made so each child can benefit and engage in typical day-to day activities. Some of the benefits for children in an inclusive program include an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in a playful and natural environment with other young children. Children become aware of differences and similarities between themselves and their peers, and develop a sense that EVERYONE makes an important contribution.
Nutritious meals and snacks
St. John’s Childcare ensures that all of our meals are healthy, nutritiously balanced, and served in appropriate, child-sized portions. Each day our experienced cook prepares brunch, lunch and an afternoon snack for all the children in the program at no additional cost to parents. Fresh fruits and vegetables are used whenever possible. We also provide cereals, homemade pureed baby food and the Enfamil family of infant formula. We accommodate parental food preferences and make substitutions for food allergies and vegetarians. We serve water at brunch & snack, and make sure it is always available to all toddlers & preschoolers. We serve organic milk with lunch. We are a nut and peanut free program, and do not allow nuts to be served for any reason.
A place for families
St. John’s Childcare recognizes family as the most important factor in a child’s life. We have an “open door” policy, where parents are always welcome and encouraged to be a part of our program. Parents at St. John’s are required to attend at least one board meeting in their child’s first year of enrollment and participate monthly (20 hours/year perenrolled child). Parents are always welcome to join us!
St. John’s is fortunate to have such exceptional and experienced staff. Our Executive Director, Celeste Low, has her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education and has had many roles working with children since 1988; including roles as preschool director, infant/toddler lead teacher, a home visiting early interventionist, Early Start Program Director, an infant development specialist in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Her children, born in 2003 & 2006 attended St. John’s & still enjoy helping with the toddlers.
Our Program Director, Laurie Robinson, has her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and has been working with children from birth through preschool age for 11 years. Her son currently attends the center, and her daughter is a graduate.
Our staff exceeds the norms for longevity in childcare programs. The state of California requires early childhood educators to have teacher permits. These permits are given dependent on the number of Early Childhood Education (ECE) units taken. The permits our teachers hold are Master Teacher, Teacher, Associate Teacher, and Assistant Teacher. We staff each classroom with a combination of the above. All of our full-time staff are also certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid, and we renew our certificates every two years.
We take the business of caring for your children very seriously and strive to be the very best we can.
We have three large, brightly lit classrooms and a sunny outdoor space with new climbing structures, sandbox, trees, a vegetable and flower garden, shade areas, and push and ride toys. The playground has recently been renovated with safe rubber surfacing, and the classrooms have new laminate flooring. The Babies have their own separate outdoor play area that is padded, with small climbing structures, shade structures, and baby sized sensory tables. We also have a staff room, a kitchen, a parent lounge and nursing area, and a parent resource library.
(range from 3 – 18/24 months)
This room has a maximum of 10 infants, the class size depends on the age of the group of children, with a 1:3 ratio of teachers to children.
(range from 18 – 36 months)
The Wobblies have up to 16 children, and a 1:4 ratio.
(range from 32 months – 5 years)
This classroom has a maximum of 21 children, and a ratio of 1:6 or 1:8,
depending on the age of the group of children.
We currently provide care for about 55 families,
with up to 45 children attending each day.