The ABC School House Program
Our Child Care Philosphy
Children learn from what they experience. Therefore, we believe that children learn through imaginative play, personal experiences and interactions with their environment and others around them. By the use of individual, small and whole group activities, supplemented by a variety of developmentally enriching materials, we encourage the children to develop to their full potential.
ABC School House is one of the few preschool centers in Southern California that is owned and operated by a child psychologist (Dr. Shiro Torquato). This contributes to a program and curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, and addresses the social, emotional, educational, communication and motor skills of each child. The Center staff
have a clear understanding that every child learns at a different pace with individual strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Shiro also communications with parents if their child has any developmental challenges (e.g., speech delay), and assists them in obtaining resources in the community to receive intervention for their child.
The Center is open year-round Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. We will be closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. You will receive a school calendar that states all holidays and special events that are scheduled throughout the year.
Educational and Creative Activities
Appropriate early childhood environments provide a daily schedule arranged to meet the varying needs of the children who are enrolled. Our program offers appropriate schedules that vary according to age level. Our Center offers the opportunity to separate the children into three main groups: 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4 to 5-year-olds. We also offer a kindergarten program based on California State standards to prepare students to enter first grade in elementary school. In addition, the children are provided with enrichment activities including music and dance classes, in order to introduce them to the performing arts.
Two-Year Old Group
To meet the increasing curiosity of the 2-year-olds, our schedule is less structured, but still includes blocks, fine motor activities, art and music opportunities, a reading area, and a group learning area. They also have outdoor play and circle time activities. The primary focus of this curriculum is to develop the communication and socialization skills of the 2-year-olds.
Three-Year Old Group
To meet the increasing learning ability of the 3-year-olds, our schedule becomes more defined. The classroom is set up in learning centers which includes a block center, science/math center, art center, reading center, fine motor activities, and a group learning area. The 3-year-old schedule includes time for free play where the children have a chance to rotate among the different activities. They also have outdoor play and circle time activities. The primary focus of this curriculum is to develop cooperative interactions with adults and peers, improve communication skills and
introduce pre-academic skills.
(4-5 Year Olds)
Music & Dance
Children who are exposed to the performing arts and technology at a young age are more likely to excel in these areas when they reach elementary school. Research also shows that early music education lays the foundation for developing strong skills in math. ABC School House offers weekly classes in dance, music, and technology which are included in the tuition. Our Center contracts with professional dance and music teachers who work with students in small groups. These classes build fine and gross motor skills, as well as a love for creativity in the performing arts. Twice a year, the
children perform on stage for family and friends to demonstrate the songs and dances they have learned.
Summer Camp Program
At ABC School House we offer special summer camp activities such as ‘water play’ and ‘camping out’. We also have guests to help celebrate each week’s theme, such as the fire department during Community Helpers week. The children will each receive a camp T-shirt. There is an additional fee for this program.
The Center’s staff is a diverse group of nurturing adults, who are committed to provide a safe and educational environment for your child. Our multi-cultural and multi-lingual staff introduce different languages and cultures to our students. Their qualifications for employment may include college degrees or certificate programs, current college student status and previous work experience in the early childhood field along with a true desire to work with young children. No matter what their previous qualifications are, we provide our staff with additional training. All staff members are required to become recertified in CPR and basic First Aid every two years.
ABC School House has been providing child care services to the Burbank community since 1964. We are privileged to have many second-generation students attending the Center.
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Our Child Care Staff
What Parents Say
"I'm very comfortable leaving my kids here. I had toured several places. After looking at websites, talking to other parents and the staff, I couldn't find anything. I'm critical when it comes my kids and I give ABC an A+"
5 Star Google Review
Unlike other pre-school programs, we provide our children with home-cooked lunches and nutritious snacks.
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Technology & Security
ABC School House uses the ProCare platform for enrollment, payments and parent communication. This is a user-friendly app and web-based platform. Parents are assigned a personal pin code to check their child in and out each day on the ProCare kiosk in the front office. Messages are posted and emails are sent through this system.
Parents are also periodically sent photos of their child taken at the Center during the day.
Our Center is secured by a security gate that requires a personal pin code to enter. Each parent is assigned an individual pin code. Visitors will only be allowed onto the grounds by identifying themselves to staff. Drop in tours are not allowed for this reason.