Welcome to Valley Learning Centers!

preschooler-with-i-worksheetWe offer a wide range of preschool and child care activities through our full day program. Our preschool curriculum is centered around certain topics, subjects, and themes. Daily preschool and early learning activities are offered by your child’s teachers as they work to enhance growth and kindergarten readiness for early learners. Our activities are built around developmental domains including:

  • Language/Literacy
  • Social Emotional
  • Cognitive Development
  • Creative Expression
  • Social Studies/The World Around Us
  • Physical Development/ Health
  • Science

Our program is designed to meet and exceed the early learning standards for the State of Arizona!

Program Goals:

  • Our curriculum is based on current research and sound educational theories of early childhood learning and development.
  • We will provide a wide range of activities that incorporate hands-on, interactive materials allowing children to safely explore their surroundings.
  • The activity and project suggestions provided in our curriculum are aligned with Arizona’s specific Learning Goals and Objectives, setting children up for success in their preschool learning.
  • The program will encourage involvement of family members in each child’s learning.

What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?

In simple terms, Developmentally Appropriate Practice means that the activities and programs in our preschool curriculum consider what a child is ready for and able to understand. Developmentally appropriate for ages 0 – 5 means that children should be offered a range of opportunities to interact with their environment.

What Are the Benefits of Being Developmentally Appropriate?

Practices that take into account the developmental readiness of each child can boost self confidence and independent thinking. Children are also provided opportunities for individual expression and are able to practice their decision-making. This type of environment promotes skills and discipline, inspires creativity, encourages flexibility, and provides opportunities for emotional release. To a great extent, each teacher determines how the program is used in his or her particular setting, giving them the freedom to utilize their unique teaching styles while also finding what avenues are best for each child.

We have two programs:

Infants and Toddlers 0 to 3 years Full Day Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
which begins in our infant room and continues
throughout the toddler years.
Preschoolers 3 to 5 years Complete Full Day Preschool program
preparing your child for Kindergarten success!

Assessments based on developmentally appropriate expectations will be provided for your child twice a year.  While feedback will be available on a daily basis, parent-teacher conferences are also offered and encouraged to ensure continuous communication.

Sample Full Day Preschool Schedule:

Start Time End Time Activity
6:00 am 8:00 am Good morning!  Early morning breakfast is served and centers are open for free play
8:00 am 8:15 am Wash Hands
8:15 am 8:30 am First Circle Time
8:30 am 8:40 am Bathroom Break
8:40 am 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am 9:15 am Second Circle Time
9:15 am 9:30 am Small Group Time
9:30 am 10:30 am Free Center Play
10:30 am 10:50 am Outdoor Play (weather permitting)
10:50 am 11:10 am Quiet Time with A Book
11:10 am 11:20 am Bathroom Break
11:20 am 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm 2:00 pm Nap
2:00 pm 2:30 pm Bathroom Break & Snack
2:30 pm 2:45 pm Music & Movement
2:45 pm 3:00 pm Journal
3:00 pm 3:15 pm Daily Review/Share Time
3:15 pm 3:30 pm Art
3:30 pm 4:00 pm Learning Centers
4:00 pm 4:15 pm Bathroom Breaks
4:15 pm 4:45 pm Outdoor Play
4:45 pm 6:00 pm Art, library, manipulatives, clean up and get ready to go home