"The basis of our philosophy is developmental - a respect for all children in a learn through play  environment"  
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"Now I see the secret of making the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."  
-- Walt Whitman

Our school year goes from the day after Labor Day through June 20th. Our Summer Program is the end of June, July & August.

Coastal CLC follows a High Scope style curriculum.

The idea behind High/Scope is that children should be involved actively in their own learning. They "learn by doing", often working with hands on materials and carrying out projects of their own choosing. The adults working with the children see themselves more as facilitators or partners than managers or supervisors. High/Scope's approach encompasses all aspects of child development and involves teachers and parents in supporting and extending children's emotional, intellectual, social, and physical skills and abilities.

In a High/Scope school, different areas of the classroom are designated for different activities, for example water play, reading, sand play, art, writing, dramatic play, etc. Children are intended to be able to access all facilities independently and be able to take some responsibility for use of these areas.

Our physical environment has been thoughtfully organized to serve the developmental needs of our children with the High Scope theory in mind. Coastal CLC is licensed for 39 children between the ages of two and six years. They have separate play areas with equipment which is appropriate to their age and abilities. The children are placed in learning environments according to their age and their developmental readiness and each class has a developmental/educational curriculum based on the children’s needs, interests and skills. The curriculums are developed by the teachers and director which incorporate all the areas of development: cognitive, emotional/social, and physical. The basis of each activity is to allow the children to make their own choices so they can feel empowered and successful.


Help the young child to develop physically while protecting their safety.
Encourage the young child to develop large and small motor skills.
Teach the young child good, health habits.
Help the child understand and follow their own built in timetables.


Help develop the feeling of competence and satisfaction while acquiring and mastering new skills.
Help develop a sense of responsibility and belonging.
Help stimulate the child’s curiosity and imagination.
Help express the child’s ideas and concepts.
Help the child gain a deeper understanding and greater awareness of the world around them.
Teach the basic educational curricula (science, language, math, music, art and play).


Help the child develop a sense of self-acceptance.
Provide the environment that fosters trust and security for the child.
Help the child develop an appropriate approach to dealing with change and disappointment.
Help the child develop the ability to release stress and anger in a socially acceptable manner.

The Goldfish Class (18 months - 30 months)
Coastal CLC has 6 spots in the Toddler Option program, our Goldfish Class. From a young age, children begin a journey to explore and understand the world. It is the job of our Goldfish teacher to encourage them to learn through play using fun, mostly sensory based experiences and activities to guide them. We provide opportunities to foster development through toddler paced science, math, art, music and language curriculum while catering to their individual needs.

"The Jellyfish" (2 1/2 years - 3 1/2 years old)
The Jellyfish may be potty trained, or may be working on potty training. They are doing as much on their own as possible. We encourage them to help make snack, make their own beds for nap, and be teacher helpers as much as possible. They do Circle Time songs, work on the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. Art and music and movement are part of each days activities. They focus on using their words and interacting well with their friends and in groups.

"The Seahorses" 3 1/2 & 4 1/2 Year Olds
The Seahorses are 3 & 4 year olds who are working on their alphabet, numerical, and phonics skills. They are preparing and maturing, and focus is on getting ready for the pre-k curriculum. Songs, music, movement, fine and gross motor skill activities, science, understanding the calendar and art projects are all part of the daily activities.

"The Seastars" Pre K 4 1/2
The goal for the Seastars class (Pre-K) is to prepare them to be successful when starting KINDERGARTEN. The curriculum focuses on all basic skills such as; gross / fine motor, cognitive and social and emotional development. On top of having a phonics program that is appropriately designed for the class, proper "Kindergarten etiquette and manners" are practiced and very much encouraged.

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