Frequently Asked Questions
The Answers You Need
How do academics play a role?
Academics are incorporated into all we do utilizing everyday activities (counting rocks, identifying trees and wildlife, seeing patterns in nature, etc.)
Will my child learn her numbers and letters? Will he be able to write his name before he leaves this school? What about reading? What are they learning?
Our school’s values are always aligned: Foremost we are here to observe, respect, and support the children’s inquiries. We approach a child’s interest in literacy in the same way that we do a child’s interest in painting: we observe, document, reflect, collaborate, and support the continued exploration of the child. If a child shows interest in reading or letters (which nearly all of them do at some point during the school year), we honor that interest and help that child develop skills in that area.
It is critical that SCC teachers treat each child as an individual, respect the child’s level of development, and do everything possible to promote growth for each one.
Do you offer extended hours (early drop off or late pickup)?
At this time our earliest drop off is 8:30 AM, and latest pickup is 3 PM. When our full day program returns, the latest pickup will be 5 PM.
What is your teacher to student ratio?
In our Seedlings Classroom, we have a 1:6 ratio. Our Acorns are 1:10, and our Pinecones are at no more than 1:12.
What precautions are you taking regarding COVID-19?
The safety of our families is our most primary concern, and we are proud of the measures we have taken to ensure our families and staff are protected.
Safety Measures in Place
First and foremost, we are an outdoor school. Aside from days with extreme weather, a large majority of the day's activities take place outdoors. Classroom time is necessary on occasion (bathroom visits, naptime or other events that require a more controlled environment).
Handwashing consistently is incorporated into the day's schedule, and proper technique is taught and supervised.
Windows are kept open to ventilate the facility.
We have implemented strategies to model and reinforce social and physical distancing and movement using the following:
Using carpet squares, mats, or other visuals for spacing.
Model social distancing when interacting with children, families, and staff.
Role-play what social distancing looks like by demonstrating the recommended distance.
Frequent verbal reminders to children.
We are keeping the facilities clean and sanitized to the best of our ability by doing the following:
Janitors clean and disinfect after each school day.
Staff disinfect all surfaces after use.
Staff removes all toys and materials after each child’s use and places them in a “Dirty Bin” to be disinfected at the end of the day.
Restrooms are kept sanitary by requiring:
Sink and toilet handles to be sanitized before and after each child’s use.
Changing area/pads sanitized before and after each use.
We teach, model, and reinforce healthy habits and social skills by doing the following:
We discuss with children why it’s not healthy to share drinks or food, particularly when sick.
We practice frequent handwashing by teaching a popular child-friendly song or counting to 20.
We teach children to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough inside their elbow.
We are handwashing before and after eating, after coughing or sneezing, after playing outside, before and after using the restroom.
We adhere to the following guidelines during mealtime:
We use more tables to spread children out to ensure adequate spacing.
We hand wash before and after eating.
We use paper goods and disposable plastic utensils when possible.
We immediately clean and disinfect tables after meals.
We have temporarily eliminated Family Style snack serving. Staff serve snacks – and gloves are required.
In addition, we are following all of the recommendations outlined by the California Department of Public Health as described in the “Covid-19 Update Guidance: Child Care Programs and Providers” found at
Daily Health Check and Illness Procedures
Families are be asked to screen themselves and children daily, prior to coming to the school. For the health and safety of staff, children, and all families, Parent/Guardian must notify us if children have taken any fever reducing medications in the prior 24 hours.
Staff and children’s temperature will be taken each morning with a no-touch thermometer. Thermometer will be cleaned and disinfected with an alcohol wipe after each use.
If anyone has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher they will be excluded from entering the front gate.
Staff and children will be monitored throughout the day for any signs of possible illness.
If a child exhibits signs of illness, the child will be isolated and parent/guardian will be notified immediately to pick up the child.
If a staff member exhibits signs of illness, they will be immediately excused from work.
Masks are required for all adults on the school grounds (including the parking lot for pick up and drop off). Masks are encouraged (not required) for children.
Our drop off and pick up procedures have been modified to reduce the number of people entering the property. Only children enter the gates of the school after checking in one-at-a-time from their cars.
How much is Tuition?
Visit our Enrollment Page to find the Tuition information and to schedule a tour!