SOLCC is a non-profit unit of Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church, a non-profit corporation. The Children's Center was established in September 1974. The Center is a community service offered by the church. It is a Christ-centered program. Grace is said before meals, Bible stories are a daily part of the curriculum, religious holidays are celebrated, and there are weekly chapel times.
The teachers have a love for the children and are dedicated and committed to their profession. They desire to work with our families to make everyone's experience at preschool a fun and positive experience. They are qualified and trained in Early Childhood Education. They are CPR and First Aid certified as well. We attend annual conferences and in-house workshops to keep informed of the latest research and developments in the Early Childhood Education profession.
PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT
The philosophy of the Children's Center is one that encompasses the total development of the child. The program is structured to meet social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs. Our priority is to deal with the whole child, with emphasis placed on building confidence in the child as they learn to relate to others, and to their environment. While pre-school children need to develop important skills necessary for academic success, it is vital that they be provided with opportunities to explore, to experiment, and to discover the excitement in learning. All facets of a child's growth are stressed equally.
At SOLCC we offer experiences and activities that build confidence and promote the joy of discovery. Children explore and gain understanding of their world through play, quiet time, book reading, conversation, sharing, chapel time, and dramatic play. Art activities are provided to allow children to experiment with various media, making their own interpretive creations. Music, movement and rhythms are an integral part of our program. Children listen, sing, dance, and make their own music. Cognitive processes are enhanced through language development, conceptual materials, and a stimulating environment. All of these activities take place in a loving, Christian atmosphere where every child is viewed as a special gift from God.
Non-Discriminatory Policy: Sherman Oaks Lutheran Children's Center admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
All classes include daily, age-appropriate Christian education and all students participate in the twice-weekly chapel time. While we acknowledge different beliefs, our school is Christian by nature and all students will be expected to participate in the Center's opportunities for spiritual growth.