Our community-based initiatives are family friendly and designed to enhance children’s growth and learning while strengthening families and building communities. OCPT students enter kindergarten with pre-reading skills, richer vocabulary, and stronger basic math skills than students not enrolled in early childhood education classes. OCPT students are more likely to graduate high school and college, be employed, and earn higher incomes over their lifetime. OCPT students are better prepared for primary education in areas of math, cognitive development, social-emotional skills, reading, and language. Economists report early childhood education offers high return on investment – as much as $17 for every $1 invested.
We work closely with our skilled teaching staff to implement The Creative Curriculum, an evidence-based curriculum fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the California Department of Education Preschool Foundations. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.
Children transitioning to kindergarten from our early education programs will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge in the following seven areas:Social and Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, Language and Literacy, Health, Mathematical Development, Physical Development, and English Language Development.
We demonstrate positive results in our School Readiness programs year after year. The graph shown below contrasts entrance assessments in Fall 2014 and exit assessments in Spring 2015 and demonstrates significant growth and development in seven key learning domains. We utilize Desired Results Developmental Profile-Preschool created by the California Department of Education to assess children’s progress at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year. We use this data to guide the curriculum planning process, individualize activities to optimize learning, and prepare our children to successfully transition to kindergarten.