The Mendocino County State Preschool Consortium works in conjunction with ten school districts to operate sixteen state preschool sites throughout the county. The programs serve income-eligible three to five-year-old children for three hours a day, five days a week. Our programs offer a rich classroom environment with well-qualified teachers. The program staff works in cooperation with families to create an active learning environment for the children. Our preschools are funded by CDE/ELCD and meet all program requirements for both Title 5 and Title 22.
We believe that a high quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative development of young children, while responding to the needs of families and communities. We maintain an open-door policy where parents have the right to enter the preschool classroom at any time during operating hours.
We believe that every child has a right to:
- Have a feeling of success, well-being, self-confidence and self-esteem
- Develop emotional health and social responsibility
- Preserve their natural curiosity about the world
- Develop problem-solving skills
- Exercise and develop creative expression
- Have every opportunity for physical growth and healthful living
- Develop knowledge of and respect for the variety of cultures in our community
- Have a background of experience which will form a readiness for and love of learning in all curriculum areas: Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English Language Development, Mathematics/Science, Physical Development/Health, History/Social Science and Visual and Performing Arts.
We believe that families have the right to:
- Increase their knowledge of how children grow and develop
- Learn how to help their families attain and maintain good health
- Learn how to assist in their children’s learning
To ensure a high quality program, we offer a well-planned, developmentally appropriate curriculum. We recognize and affirm each child’s need to grow and develop at his/her own pace. One of the most important aspects of a positive early education experience is the recognition of each child in the program as a unique individual. Appropriately supporting young children in the preschool environment includes accepting and being responsive to differing abilities and interests.
Several preschool sites are full inclusion sites. These sites provide appropriate services where children with disabilities are in programs with their typically developing peers. Typically developing children have an opportunity to experience a diversity of abilities, and children with disabilities have the opportunity to learn from the social and language skills of their typically developing peers.