Sequoia Blog

May 5, 2017

We thank everyone for your vote of confidence in us as we care for your children on a daily basis. Many families come to us as referrals, and what can we say? The Center is now fully enrolled, up to maximum capacity with an extensive wait list of eager families. We have temporarily suspended our tours for now, as we expect to fill any near future openings with wait list families.

Sept. 5, 2014

Creating new learning spaces is an opportunity which we relish with enthusiasm!

This past June , we created a new learning space for Early Pre-K.

What is Early Pre-K? Since the age of entry into kindergarten is older now by three months*, we found ourselves with the age in our Pre-K classroom to be older. We therefore took the younger children, who are too young for this to be the final year of preschool, and created Early Pre-K for them, so that they can advance their skills according to their developmental needs.

Not only did we add a physical classroom, but we elevated the curriculum both Pre-K classrooms with the help of two grants. The “Ready Schools” grant, funded by the school district, was for kindergarten-readiness, with an emphasis on Social-Emotional Learning. The “Quality Improvement” grant, from a private foundation, provided for Math curriculum and materials.

We are excited about our news, and we look forward to sharing more details with you. If you have any further questions, please feel free to discuss with your child’s teacher.

*entry age into kindergarten, for public and most private schools, is now 5 years old by September 1s. It was previously 5 years old by December 1st. This change was phased-in over the past three years.

Sept. 20, 2013

Announcing new Parent Resource on the website In response to our July 2013 Parent Survey, we have added a new section to our “Parent Resources” tab called “Parenting Articles”! Here “The Complete Parenting Exchange Library” by child development specialist Karen Stephens is posted for you to find practical advice on the joys and challenges of contemporary families. Karen Stephens is director of Illinois State University Child Care Center and instructor in Child Development. You will find articles covering advice and guidance on topics such as discipline, child development at every stage, social development and interaction, potty training, and much more.

Dec. 13, 2011

I have heard that using sign language in the pre­school classroom can help reduce conflicts, but I’m not convinced. How might this work? In signing classrooms, adults report fewer instances of biting, hitting, and screaming because children are better able to express themselves, which in turn reduces their level of frus­tration and makes them less likely to engage in aggressive behaviors. Furthermore, some preschoolers are more apt to tune out or not listen when they become emotionally upset. Signing not only helps children express their own feelings, but it can also help them pay closer attention to the feelings expressed by others, as well as to the proposed solutions. In other words, some children’s eyes are open more than their ears during conflict resolution, which means signing can be an especially effective strategy for expressing and sharing feelings, and communicating solutions.

Sept. 1, 2011

WE’RE BEST BY NAEYC TEST! It’s true, we’ve just completed an extensive validation process by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The new NAEYC professional criteria reflect the latest research in child development and best practices in early childhood education. We went through an extensive self-study process, measuring and improving our program according to NAEYC standards. NAEYC has validated that we have met all standards and we have received high commendations. Our new NAEYC accreditation is valid until Sept. 1, 2016 Sept. 2, 2011.

What is HighScope all about? The HighScope Curriculum emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children. Teachers and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience. Teachers will be utilizing HighScope resource materials and training throughout the coming school year. I know that changes are not always welcome. Please be as patient and positive as you can be. I believe that with some time and your support, these will prove to be beneficial changes for the children, teachers, and parents alike.

Jan. 5, 2011

Illness Policy Reminders We are experiencing our fair share of colds as everyone returns from the winter break. RSV (see attachment) has also been reported by parents in the Infant Program. In order to maintain a healthy environment at SCC, teachers and childern wash their hands vigilantly throughout the day, and teachers clean and disinfect tables, shelves, and classroom materials. Every morning the teachers perform a quick wellness check of each child, as well as periodical checks during the day. The teachers do not diagnose any illness, however, it is the TEACHERS responsibility to determine whether the child may stay at school based upon signs and symptoms of illness or discomfort of your child. When a teacher refuses a child at the beginning of the day due to illness, or calls you to pick up a sick child you must abide by the teacher’s decision. It is the PARENTS responsibility to provide current emergency contact phone numbers at all times, secure back-up care for their ill children, and/or keep their ill children at home. Also, please advise the teachers and the SCC office of your physician’s diagnosis so we may be alert for possible exposure to contagious illness. The required response time for sick child pick up is within one hour . Failure to cooperate with the illness policy jeopardizes the health of not only the children, but the teachers as well! Everyone must cooperate in order for YOUR child and every child to have a healthy environment!