Sherman Oaks Lutheran Children's Center

WELCOME!

Thank you for visiting the Children's Center web page. We are licensed through the California Department Of Social Services. We offer childcare in a loving Christian environment for the preschool child age 2 through 5 years old. The Center is open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Part time and full time programs are available. We operate year round. You are invited to come by and see the facility and meet the wonderful staff. You are welcomed anytime although it is best to call ahead.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  Proverbs 22:6

ABOUT US

SOLCC is a non-profit unit of Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church, a non-profit corporation. The Children’s Center was established in September 1974. The Center is a community service offered by the church. It is a Christ-centered program. Grace is said before meals, Bible stories are a daily part of the curriculum, religious holidays are celebrated, and there are weekly chapel times.

OUR STAFF

The teachers have a love for the children and are dedicated and committed to their profession. They desire to work with our families to make everyone’s experience at preschool a fun and positive experience. They are qualified and trained in Early Childhood Education. They are CPR and First Aid certified as well. We attend annual conferences and in-house workshops to keep informed of the latest research and developments in the Early Childhood Education profession.

PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT

The philosophy of the Children’s Center is one that encompasses the total development of the child. The program is structured to meet social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs. Our priority is to deal with the whole child, with emphasis placed on building confidence in the child as they learn to relate to others, and to their environment. While pre-school children need to develop important skills necessary for academic success, it is vital that they be provided with opportunities to explore, to experiment, and to discover the excitement in learning. All facets of a child’s growth are stressed equally.

At SOLCC we offer experiences and activities that build confidence and promote the joy of discovery. Children explore and gain understanding of their world through play, quiet time, book reading, conversation, sharing, chapel time, and dramatic play. Art activities are provided to allow children to experiment with various media, making their own interpretive creations. Music, movement and rhythms are an integral part of our program. Children listen, sing, dance, and make their own music. Cognitive processes are enhanced through language development, conceptual materials, and a stimulating environment. All of these activities take place in a loving, Christian atmosphere where every child is viewed as a special gift from God.

Non-Discriminatory Policy: Sherman Oaks Lutheran Children’s Center admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

All classes include daily, age-appropriate Christian education and all students participate in the twice-weekly chapel time. While we acknowledge different beliefs, our school is Christian by nature and all students will be expected to participate in the Center’s opportunities for spiritual growth.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

The SOLCC program is designed for the preschool child between the ages of 2 and 5 years, who will benefit from a nursery school experience. The Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Part time and full time programs are available. The Full day schedule encompasses the above hours and includes three snacks and an Enrichment Program. The ¾-day schedule begins at 7:00 a.m., ends at 3:30 p.m., and includes two snacks. The ½-day schedule begins at 8:30 a.m., ends at 1:00, and includes one snack. All schedules include lunchtime. Each schedule provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum that works with children to help them grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally and socially. This is achieved through both age appropriate curriculum and activities. All schedules include lunchtime; ¾ and full time schedules include naptime.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

The children are placed in small classroom groups by age. Each day includes indoor and outdoor times. Small groups enable the children to interact comfortably with the teacher and with the other children. Activities include story/center time, art time, music and movement, science, learning centers and Bible time. Children are introduced to pre-reading and pre-math cognitive skills as is age appropriate. We have two large outdoor areas with a variety of climbing structures for developing large muscle skills. Snacks are offered daily in the morning, afternoon and at the end of the day.