West Hills College Early Care and Education Programs

At West Hills College, families matter. That’s why we are committed to providing the highest quality early care and education programs throughout our various locations. This ensures that our families have access to childcare and that children are adequately prepared for their future education. Early Care and Education programs are located in the Child Development Centers, which can be found at our Coalinga and Lemoore locations as well as our Firebaugh center and in San Joaquin, Huron and Avenal.

 

Mission & Vision

West Hills Community College District is committed to providing high quality early care and education programs throughout their service areas to ensure families have access to care for their child; children are prepared for their future education; and the college student is exposed to the highest of standards in a laboratory setting. The early care and education programs are located at Child Development Centers in Coalinga, Lemoore, Firebaugh, San Joaquin, and Avenal. These centers will evolve to exemplify best practices in early education; serve as a model for other educational institutes; and become accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Learn more about the program's Philosophy and Goals.

Program

The children's program establishes an interated curriculum to meet the developmental needs of each child. The integrated curriculum consists of activities that develop the child's sense of self and cognition. There are opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, personal and group time, and a free choice of developmental social skills, language, and creativities. The day is filled with opportunities for learning with minimal transitions under the guidance of a supportive, nurturing teaching staff.

Philosophy & Goals

Teachers and staff who care. That’s what you’ll find at the various West Hills College Child Development centers. Every day, our staff works hard to teach children everything from self-esteem to confidence to cognitive skills. Whether it’s outdoor play time, group time, creative exercises or learning new words, we ensure children in our program are provided nurturing support all day long.

We have five interrelated goals that make the whole of our program:

  • To provide high-quality early care and education emphasizing social, emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and physical growth and development for each child
  • To provide early intervention for children with special needs in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team (our staff, the parents, the local school district, and various service agencies)
  • To enhance family capacity by providing services and education for parents while they pursue their career and/or educational goals and to develop a true partnership with each family
  • To be an exemplary model of best practices in early education and serve as a laboratory school for students enrolled in courses, which are related to children and their development
  • To support early childhood educators throughout the District with their professional and personal growth.

 

Early Care Program

The children's program establishes an interated curriculum to meet the developmental needs of each child.  The integrated curriculum consists of activities that develop the child's sense of self and cognition.

There are opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, personal and group time, and a free choice of developmental social skills, language, and creativities.  The day is filled with opportunities for learning with minimal transitions under the guidance of a supportive, nurturing teaching staff.

 

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