Welcome to CCP

Welcome to Coastal Community Preschool, an independent, private, incorporated, non-profit organization which serves preschool children from the age of 2 years 3 months until entry into kindergarten. The school is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of Coastal Community Preschool parents, non-parents from the Santa Cruz community and teachers at the School.

Mission and Goals

Coastal Community Preschool seeks to provide a safe, accessible, family –centered environment that nurtures children as individuals, fosters social understanding, and serves as a vital part of its local community. In this setting, we will celebrate the unique spirit of each child and strive to cultivate Good People who recognize and respect their own precious worth and that of others.

The Preschool approaches this mission with the following goals:

  • To create a sanctuary for learning that honors and protects each child’s interests and ideas, and encourages development at each child’s own pace;
  • To sustain a talented, experienced and highly skilled faculty by ensuring respectable salary levels and benefits and maintaining a comfortable, stimulating workplace that encourages participation in organizational development;
  • To provide a diverse and inclusive environment in which children learn to appreciate different lifestyles and cultures;
  • To prepare children for school through emotional readiness, and through cultivation of each child’s unique strengths and interests;
  • To encourage a family-centric, team-approach among parents and teachers who share a mutual goal of raising a community of strong, confident, and happy children;
  • To serve as an integral part of the local community by providing a variety of resources in support of strong families, successful parenting and learning readiness.

Philosophy

At Coastal Community Preschool, we believe children learn best in a warm, welcoming, safe and vibrant community where their ideas are respected, their motives trusted, and their needs are met to the fullest extent possible. In addition to creating and maintaining this environment, we are committed to fostering a sense of community by facilitating shared experiences that engage intellect, emotion, and senses, encouraging children to reflect on these together. By focusing on the child as both an individual and vital community member, our goal is to help develop a sense of belonging and self-respect, as well as respect and compassion for others. We believe children have to develop socially in order to be prepared for school academically.

We are committed to providing developmentally appropriate experiences for all students. To do this, we must consider each child’s developmental readiness and learning style. We also strive to create an excitement for learning by encouraging children to recognize and appreciate their own interests and talents. To this end, Coastal Community teachers provide a large palette of rich and varied experiences, enabling children to explore many different avenues of creativity and learning. Teachers offer positive guidance to help children navigate the many possibilities, and hone in on those that build heir self esteem, enhance problem-solving skills, and create an enthusiasm for further discovery.