During our day we do several activities that are designed to meet the developmental needs of your child. All of these "other" activities support our kinder-readiness curriculum. These aspects can be discussed with the teachers or director at any time, but here are some examples of other regular activities we do during the day to improve a child's development.
– the children sit together with the teachers as a family and have discussions during this time. The children are also encouraged to serve themselves, use proper utensils, use manners, try new foods, and follow a sequence of instructions.
– during circle time the children are practicing many skills, such as sitting still, answering questions, singing, acting, movement, listening, and following directions. We do circle time once per day in the morning.
Inside free play
– During inside free play time the children have the freedom to choose an activity they wish to do. They expand their imagination, fine and large motor skills, cooperation, problem solving, self-esteem, and overall creativity.
We keep a portfolio for each child, charting their developmental growth; written work, arts, crafts, pictures, and teacher's notes. Parents are encouraged to look at their child’s portfolio often. When a child leaves our program the portfolio is for the family to take with them. It is a good idea to share the portfolio with your child’s new kindergarten teacher so they have a better idea where your child is developmentally.
It is very important that each family is in constant communication with their child's teacher as to their expectations and results of the work. The Rosa Elena Childcare Center will do its best to make sure that each child is ready to move on to kindergarten, but the family must keep in mind that we are not an accredited pre-kindergarten program. We focus on providing a safe loving environment for children to grow socially as well as academically.
In 1992, what was to become the Rosa Elena Childcare Center (RECC) began as a parent cooperative for the young children of parents who were on the staff of the Alzheimer's Activity Center (AAC) in San Jose. It was located in the same building as AAC, in a room adjacent to the main center, and consisted of two programs: a traditional childcare cooperative for infants through preschool children, and an after-school homework club for older children.
In December 2002, the RECC became fully licensed for children from the age of six weeks through kindergarten. Beginning in autumn 2004, the RECC decided to discontinue the after-school homework club. Then, in 2006, we narrowed our focus by limiting enrollment to pre-kindergarten children between the ages of two and five.
The RECC is now a fully licensed child-care center that can accommodate up to 28 children. In conjunction with the Alzheimer's Activity Center, there are several inter-generational programs each week, in addition to the activities and programs within the RECC.