Common Questions

Children attending the center should be potty trained or actively in the process of being trained. Based on your child’s individual needs we can assist in the toilet training process or make accommodations for your child’s special needs.

Separation anxiety is very real for some children. It is common for children to cling, have tears or even tantrums, however it usually doesn’t last for long. Our staff is experienced in helping calm separation anxiety. We work with each child and parent to find what works best for them.

Yes! All meals are included – breakfast is served at 8:30 to 9:15 AM, lunch is served from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and afternoon snack is served from 2:30 to 3:00 PM.

Here’s an example: Weekly Menu

We serve a wide variety of food that is nutritionally balanced. We serve all meals family style and children learn to serve themselves and make food choices for themselves. All meals and snacks are planned by our staff Nutritionist.

  • If your child has a food allergy, with a doctor’s note, we can make accommodations and food substitutions.
  • We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program no outside food is allowed, with the exception of a child who arrives at the center very early before breakfast and needs a healthy snack before we serve breakfast.

Yes, it is a California Community Care Licensing regulation that all children under the age of five rest for two hours after lunch. We can make special accommodations for children who do not nap. They will be able to rest by doing quiet activities.

Early literacy and writing skills are very much part of our curriculum and themes. The letter of the week is built into our activities throughout the day including letter sounds and writing.

Each day is balanced between teacher directed activities and child selected activities both inside and outside, with many opportunities for learning and creative expression. To see a daily classroom schedule, click here.

All children must be picked up by 6:00PM. If you are unable to make it to the center on time to pick up your child please call the center to let them know. You will need to make arrangements for someone else to pick up your child for you.

Children will only be released to those authorized persons named on the enrollment form by the enrolling parent.

All lead teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education or a degree with at least 24 units in Child Development, as well as Child Development Teacher’s permits issued by the California Teacher Credentialing Office.

Two of our centers (Finney and The Parks) are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC. For information on our accreditation, please follow this link: In addition to this accreditation all centers are assessed for program quality by the California Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and given a Tier rating. Our centers rank in the top two tiers.

Yes, we do have students visit our centers to provide assistance as volunteers. We also frequently have visitors that observe in the classrooms or in our outdoor environment. All visitors sign in and must follow all CDA policies. Students and volunteers always work under the guidance of a staff member and are never alone with children.

Yes, CDA’s preschool program uses an integrated, emergent approach to curriculum that capitalizes on the strengths of the individual child, develops areas that need improvement, is developmentally appropriate, and embraces diversity. Emergent curriculum is an approach that permits learning activities to arise out of each child’s interests, actions or unanticipated events.

Each classroom of 24 children has three teachers for a child-to-teacher ratio of 8-to-1.

Yes, all of our centers are licensed through the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing.

We believe in frequent and open communications between parents and staff. You may first speak with your child’s teacher and if that does not resolve the issue the Site Supervisor and/ or the Program Coordinator are available to help you.

All transfers between preschools will be considered on a space-available basis. You just need to let your child care eligibility specialist know what your needs are and he/she will work with you to make the best possible changes for you.

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