Green Beginning Community Preschool - Leaf'd

Green Beginning Community Preschool

Preschool with an emphasis on environment and diversity.
We are a caring educational community. Children are respected, valued, and nurtured so they may reach their full pontential as individuals and contributing members of society. We are enriched by the diversity of our families and the participation of each individual. There is an understanding that our actions may affect the condition of our planet and the future generations of others. There is a commitment to the realization of similar ideals throughout the world. We are an award-winning preschool. Green Beginning Community Preschool has been recognized for its outstanding work educating young children and helping to raise globally-conscious citizens. We are the recipients of Green America’s Summer 2014 People and Planet Award, we are recognized as an official Certified Los Angeles Green Business, and we are the winners of the 2011 SORO Neighborhood Council Outstanding Green Citizenship Award. Our philosophy  and foundation: Relationship We strongly believe that building strong, positive, and healthy relationships based on trust is the foundation for a well-balanced child and adult.  Therefore, we strive to make everyday connections by being supportive, attentive, and responsive to the needs of our children, families, and staff.  By doing so, we believe that we develop ourselves as well as foster healthy communities.   Constructivism and Play Theory GBCP early childhood educators recognize their active role in shaping the developing minds and bodies of the new generation as well as the active role of the child in his naturally occuring environment.  We stress meaningful interactive exchanges between the teacher and child.  Keen observations and assessments of the child’s skills, interests, and abilities allow us to facilitate each child’s learning.  We believe that children construct knowledge through play.  We address the needs of the whole child by providing opportunities in the interrelated areas of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth.  We encourage children to explore, experiment, ask questions, initiate activities, and solve problems in a way that is appropriate to their age and stage of development.  While we allow for a wide range of stimulating experiences to encourage exploration of the child’s environment, we make sure the child never feels threatened by excessive expectations.  This allows children to feel comfortable and secure in a nurturing setting.  We are inspired by the works of Piaget, Bronfenbrenner, and Vygotsky, as well as the latest contribution of Roger Hart’s Ladder of Young People Participation.   Multi-Intelligence Educational Approach Inspired by the work of Howard Gardner, GBCP believes that children and people in general have specific learning preferences.  Traditionally, the educational system rewards and reinforces language and mathematical learners and excludes or dismisses all others.  GBCP acknowledges and whole-heartedly believes that people have different modes of learning.  These include linguistic, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, scientific, mathematical, naturalistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and musical.  Since we honor and value each child’s individual mode of intelligence, our curriculum is presented in multiple forms so that each child is able to thrive and reach his/her fullest learning potential.   Connecting the Child to His/Her World GBCP provides an environment which promotes the self-esteem and a sense of the fundamental worth of each child.  We recognize each child’s individuality and provide continuous and consistent support for the individual needs of each child.  Simultaneously, we see the child as an integral part of a larger community.  Therefore, we seek to foster a sense of community based on the understanding of others and a respect for diversity of all living and non-living things on our planet.  We provide activities and experiences to develop the child’s sense of relationship to the local and global communities.  We strive to maintain a balance between the uniqueness and social connectedness of each child.  GBCP’s environment and eco-minded practices are an immediate action and response to what our educators consider not a trend but responsible efforts to reduce the carbon footprint on our planet.  We foster in young minds healthy, conscientious, planet-responsible living.  Concepts of sustainability, recycling, reusing, reducing, and conservation are integrated as part of our daily program and routine.   Strong Home-School Bond GBCP understands that, for most children, preschool is the first school experience.  Inspired by the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” we believe that a strong relationship between home and school is crucial.  GBCP encourages and promotes parent involvement.  We believe that children benefit the most when parent and school work together.  Working together not only creates an environment of support for the child, but also helps to foster a better understanding of the goals and objectives of the program by the parents and helps us maintain a quality program.

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Robertson Boulevard 3047
Los Angeles 90034 CA US
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Our morning program meets from 9:00am to 12:00pm Monday through Friday, and our Spanish Immersion afternoon program meets from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. We offer an optional Extended Day Program until 1:30. Our Developmental Kindergarten class meets Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm. All morning program classes may be extended by adding the above afternoon programs to your schedule.

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