The Children's Center provides both a parent-funded and a subsidized program for children aged three to five years old. Fees for subsidized families are based on a sliding scale for parents who work, are in training or going to school. Our program emphasizes kindergarten readiness skills as well as social, emotional, physical and creative development. Children have the opportunity to learn individually and in small and large groups.
Healthy, nutritious meals are served daily including breakfast and afternoon snack, as well as lunch.
Our staff to child ratio is 1:8.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm. Half-day program operates 8:30am-12:00pm. Open extended hours as select locations.
Annual registration fees is due at time of enrollment and is paid annually in July. Tuition is established prior to enrollment and can vary by location. Please ask the Site Supervisor for current rates. Low or no cost services may be available for qualifying families. Qualification of services is based on family size and income (please see chart below). Agency families welcome.
We believe parents are a child's first teacher and welcome your participation and feedback about the program. Our sites have an open door policy. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. We encourage family input and involvement through our Parental Advisory Committees. Formal Parent Conferences are held twice a year and parent-teacher communication is encouraged on a regular basis.
Curriculum & Daily Routine
The California State Preschool Programs use the High Scope Curriculum approach to teaching and learning. Research based and child focused, the High Scope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process - called "active participatory learning" - to achieve powerful, positive outcomes. The High Scope Preschool Curriculum not only helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning but also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, copperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving - the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.
A daily routine is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Our daily routine includes time for indoor and outdoor experiences as well as time for child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities. A High Scope Daily Routine includes the Plan-Do-Review sequence, as well as Small Group and Large Group experiences.
Teachers meet with their primary group of children. Children think about what they want to do and describe their plan to the group. Teachers encourage and offer extensions for the children's chosen path.
This is the longest portion of the day where children carry out their plans or shift to new activities that interest them. Children are encouraged to make choices, decisions and initiate their own activities. Teachers act as guides and facilitators supporting children's work.
The "review" portion of our day, children discuss what they have done and learned, and listen to the activities of the other children.
Teachers develop a small-group activity based on children's interests and particular skills, materials, or content areas that suit children's developmental learning needs. Though the adult plans the activity and sets it in motion, children make choices about how to use the materials and freely communicate their ideas.
State Income Qualifying Guidelines
Family Size and Gross Monthly Income
1-2 Family members $5,540
3 Family members $6,157
4 Family members $7,069
5 Family members $8,199
6 Family members $9,330
7 Family members $9,542
8 Family members $9,755
For more information, please contact:
Bracher Children's Center
2401 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 423-1228 | Silvia Bejarano
Briarwood Children's Center
1940 Townsend Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 423-1321 | Keely Nguyen
Mayne Children's Center
5030 North First Street, Alviso, CA 95002
(408) 423-1717 | Maria De La Torre
If you are interested in enrolling, please add your family information to the FCE Waitlist. As space becomes available, a staff member will contact you to start the enrollment process.