Here at SMCCNS, we believe that education is a family endeavor. Our staff and teachers believe that a 'hands-on' and collaborative approach is essential, so all of our programs and activities are planned with input from our families as we create a program that centers around the interests and abilities of each unique child.
It is our hope that our students and their extended families feel support and nurtured in their child-reading efforts.
Our teachers set us apart from the pack. They are drawn to the approach we use at SMCCNS because they see themselves as researchers—continuing to ask questions, reexamining their teaching practice, and inventing new ways to extend the children’s investigations. As trends in the field of early education are ever-evolving, we are always evaluating each new idea to determine if it would be enriching to our program.
At the same time, they enter in the child’s play to become co-collaborators in children’s discoveries and creations, sharing their joy and wonder. Because all teachers work in groups of two or three, they are able to listen intently and be present in the moment with the children.
Our teachers and staff employ the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) as our assessment procedure. Results are shared with parents during parent-teacher conferences.
The DRDP Assessment method is one of the most advanced tools to share the child's progress through the school year by collecting all the documents and evidence to support our student success.
The reports represent a complete continuum assessment instrument for all children from early infancy up to kindergarten entry, including children with Individualized Family Service Plans and aligned with all volumes of California’s Infant &Toddler and Preschool Learning and Development Foundations was developed to ensure that all children could demonstrate their knowledge and skills.