Founded in 1990, the Silverado Children’s Center (SCC) is located in the canyons surrounding the Cleveland National Forest. A program of the Silverado Modjeska Recreation and Parks District (SMRPD), SCC is licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services and abides by all state health and safety regulations. The program, staffing, and supervision of the preschool is managed by credentialed personnel in teaching and administration and includes the Preschool Director, two directors of the SMRPD, fully qualified early childhood educators/preschool teachers, and aides with experience in early childhood development.
The Silverado Children’s Center prepares children to be creative, adventurous, work collaboratively with others, and to connect with the natural environment. We ensure that our students develop skills in the areas of independence, team-working, problem solving, and school-readiness. We strive to lead other area preschools in the areas of connecting children to their natural environment, learning by doing, and teaching both independence and collaborative work.
The Silverado Children Center is dedicated to providing environmentally centered child-care, focused on each child's individual needs and learning/developmental style. We are dedicated to hands-on learning by working in an outdoor environment with plants and animals, while integrating teamwork and adventure. Our educational environment allows children to learn by doing, develop a connection to nature, and work collaboratively with others. We inspire students to explore, want to learn, care for living things, and be a part of a team.
The Silverado Children’s Center uses an Emergent Curriculum approach. Emergent Curriculum is a form of curriculum design that is based on the interests of the students and the teacher. The students' interests are what leads lesson design. When a teacher perceives a “spark” of interest from a student or students, the teacher brainstorms with the student or students to expand on the interest and develop curricula around it.