Preschool in Santa Clara, CA 95050
2001 Pruneridge Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
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The doors of Action Day Nursery first opened for preschool children on August 12 1968. The Pruneridge School in Santa Clara was the first Action Day Nursery school to be opened. It was the goal of the owners to provide a healthy creative environment for young children. The center is made up of two former residences that have been converted into an intimate child care facility designed for the enjoyment of young children. Large outdoor play areas provide for many developmentally appropriate activities.
Children are divided into age groups for various preschool activities. Dance and enrichment activities are available.
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Our schools doors opened in 1968 because of the desire to experience first hand the marvelous thrills and excitement in the world of children. Of interest to the founders is the tremendous amount of learning that goes on each year in young children. It is exciting for us to see all the important loving and guiding experiences of infancy incorporated into the children’s development. We believe we have an opportunity to influence much of what will happen to children as they go through elementary school junior high school and on into adult life. It also is a real challenge to our staff to provide an environment that will encourage maximum development for children as positive experiences during the early years lead to much greater success in the future
Over all the years of operation we have maintained a philosophy that encourages what we call a “semi- structured program.” Semi-structured means to us that we have a program put together by teachers and others that sets out specific goals each day week and month for every child enrolled. The children are “led to” not “made to” take part in these activities. We feel that this semi-structured situation allows for specific growth and individual freedom.
One of the important differences in our philosophy has been the fact that we’ve been committed to a particular kind of adult in our school environment. We are proud that our carefully chosen adults truly care about children. We could spend hours and hours going through books writing lesson plans buying equipment setting up the preschool; however the most important factor in any school situation is the adult. It is exceedingly important that when each child enters the school environment he or she finds an adult who really truly likes him or her.
It is our hope that each child will leave at the end of the day feeling better about himself or herself equipped with the knowledge that they can accomplish tasks that they couldn’t do when the day began. If we achieve this goal we add tremendously to the resources that each child takes with him or her as they move up the educational ladder. It is our continued hope that we will be able to provide an environment that stimulates positive feelings as well as a sound curriculum for each child.