OUR PROGRAMS

Our Preschool prepares children socially, emotionally and cognitively by using a play-based, emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. We embrace Process Art and use the Preschool Learning Foundations published by the California Dept. of Ed. in ongoing assessment to ensure that all children are prepared for the transition to elementary school. Class placement is by age as of 9/1 of the current year. Our school year mirrors the TUSD calendar as much as possible.  Children must be potty trained and wearing underwear. 

Parent (or Guardian) and Me! (18 months to 2 1/2 years! )

ENROLLMENT ON HOLD DUE TO COVID 19. Parent and me is a parent participation class that runs concurrent with our school year from September to April. Cost is $100 a month plus a $50 registration fee. Classes are one weekday morning. This is a perfect introduction to preschool, with a lot of outdoor time, messy play and social/emotional skills development. Participation in Parent and Me guarantees priority enrollment in Foothills Preschool. Please contact us for more info.

Seeds & Sprouts - (2 yrs 6 mo to 3 yrs 9 mo )

The Seeds and Sprouts classes make up our "Pod 2." These classes are a mixed age group of all children who are not eligible to attend Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten the following year. Children in this class will spend one of two more years at Foothills Preschool and will have their 4th birthday after 12/2 of the current year. Pod 2 focuses on social/emotional skills, self regulation, empathy, language arts, gross & fine motor skills, number sense, visual art, social science & science. Children arrive for the day and are given a choice of centers to work in. Provocations (activities) are set up at the centers by the teachers prior to the children's arrival. The provocations are planned based on the children's interests and are open ended, which means the learning can take many different directions and can be extended based on the children's ideas and skill levels. All provocations are designed to encourage critical thinking skills.  Centers in this Pod include math/manipulative, science, sensory, writing, reading, blocks, art, light table, easel, fine motor, lego, dramatic play/housekeeping, music, class pet, and more.

Sycamores & Sunflowers (4-5 years)

The Sycamore's and Sunflower's classes make up our "Pod 1." These classes are a mixed age group of all children who are eligible or Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten the following year. Children in these classes will have their 4th birthday before 12/2 of the current year. Pod 2 focuses on Kindergarten readiness, including writing, language, number sense, science, social science, visual and performing arts, music  social/emotional skills, self regulation, empathy, gross & fine motor skills and more. Children arrive for the day and are given a choice of centers to work in. Provocations (activities) are set up at the centers by the teachers prior to the children's arrival. The provocations are planned based on the children's interests and are open ended, which means the learning can take many different directions and can be extended based on the children's ideas and skill levels. All provocations are designed to encourage critical thinking skills.  Centers in this Pod include math/manipulative, science, sensory, writing, reading, blocks, art, light table, easel, fine motor, lego, dramatic play/housekeeping, class pet, several individual writing and fine motor centers, and more.  

Outdoor Classroom

Our huge outdoor classroom is designed to engage and develop children's gross motor skills, love of nature and social/emotional health. Features of our outdoor classroom include our garden, water sensory table, materials sensory table, art, mud kitchen, bike path, basketball hoop, play equipment and a huge sand box with all the needed tools! Each class spends about an hour of the core time (9am - 12pm) outdoors.

Outdoor Atelier

While each of our classrooms already functions as it's own atelier (art studio), we are in the process of revitalizing our Outdoor Atelier. Children work with our art teacher in small groups outside where they can be inspired to bring nature in to their art. Mediums include clay, wire, many different types of paint, charcoal, markers, chalk, pencils, beads, pens and all kinds of loose parts! 

Summer Camps (2 1/2 through 6 years)

Our fun, weekly themed summer program is open during the summer months of June and July. Camp days are shorter than school days and generally have two choices of times, 9-12 or 9-2. This allows to run camp without the requirement of having the children nap. Camp is a DEVICE FREE ZONE. Arts and crafts, water play, nature exploration, STEM activities and more ensure an active, stimulating environment for your child. Camp is a separate program from the school year program and a separate registration fee is required. Look for our summer camp schedule and registration in March of the current year.

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714-573-7723

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19211 Dodge Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

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