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Young Children's Community

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“When bringing our child to SCM, I not only have an amazing feeling of serenity, knowing where he is, but also an excitement about what he will learn that day, helping him to become the complete person he is intended to be.”—SCM Parent

18 months to 3 Years of Age/Toddler-age Preschoolers

"The work of the child consists of creating the human being that it has to become. The adult works to improve his environment, while the child works to improve himself."
-Maria Montessori

Our Young Children's Community classrooms (named “Fireside” and “Mulberry”) have been created especially for our youngest children. Our facilities include sunlit rooms with radiant heated floors, large porch areas for indoor/outdoor activity, spacious gardens, and a playground.

Our teachers are trained Montessori “Assistants to Infancy” (birth to 3 years) who recognize children's special developmental needs and have created environments to foster the incredible intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth occurring during this developmental phase in a child's life. The environments offer the beauty, order, and predictability necessary for young children to feel comfortable to spontaneously explore.

YCC photos GroupThe Fireside and Mulberry rooms become second homes to our toddlers with activities that address their quest for independence within a safe and secure environment. We invite their participation in activities ranging from cooking projects to stories and songs to the development of self-help skills.

As the children explore their surroundings in the Young Children's Community, they absorb every aspect of the environment, language, and culture. The Fireside and Mulberry teachers give the children their first experience of a children's community, where each member is respected and loved, and where each child's natural curiosity leads to real learning. The ratio of students to teachers in our Young Children's Community classes is 4:1.

Our facility for young children was built to help meet the child care needs of preschool-age children in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Soquel, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Felton, Live Oak, Ben Lomond, La Selva Beach, Larkin Valley, and Watsonville. We offer quality child care for the Monterey Bay Area and the Central Coast.