Although the center is on a residential corner lot, the front yard is not used as a play area. Parking for parents and staff is easily available on the street and in the two driveways. The entrance to the school is a converted porch on the corner of West Acre and Madrone. This enclosed Foyer is secured (for children’s safety) from visitors who can ring the front door bell and be greeted. But Caring Connection’s front door is equipped with a coded security entrance, allowing enrolled parent and authorized people access during open hours. We believe parents and prospective parents should always have access to our facility.
Within the facility we have a fully operational kitchen where meals and snacks are prepared on site by our staff cook. We have a staff/adult bathroom, a garage which includes on site laundry facilities and storage. Our main classroom space is used for two class groups of our 3-year olds (The Friends) and our 4-year olds or pre-k group (The Partners).
Our middle room is called the Discovery Room and is an overlapping space used by all preschool age groups and houses our myriad of indoor school pets. There is another smaller room within the center used for our Transitioning Preschoolers, or the 2-year olds (The Pals). This class group is maintained in a low ratio for the specific needs of children who are younger, in diapers or still learning to toilet independently. The children’s bathroom is beyond the Pal’s class with 2 toilets and 2 sinks. Turn right at the bathrooms, and accessible for practice hand washing and early toilet introduction is our Infant/Toddler room.
The Buddies Class has two defined spaces for active play and quiet play; diapering table, kitchenette area with mini frige for bottles and juice or milk, baby food storage and bottle warming. There are soft areas for cuddling, carpet areas for floor play and small tables for small motor and messy arts. Photos and mirrors, dress-ups and so much more… but not always at the same time. As the ages of children change from non-mobile infant to walking toddler, so does our environment morph to meet the children’s needs.
Beyond the play spaces is one room for napping toddlers or babies in cribs. The infants and toddlers share the preschool playground when the preschool children are indoors, weather permitting. Beyond the infant rooms is the administrative office which has a private entrance used by the Director and staff.